UHS implements 'social distancing' rules at its facilities
Based on best practices at hospitals nationwide as COVID-19 continues to spread, UHS has implemented "social distancing" precautions for anyone on UHS property.
The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is always our top priority, and the intent of social distancing is to limit unnecessary contact while at the same time maintaining high-quality care and service.
The precautions are as follows:
- Wherever possible, patients, visitors and staff are recommended to sit a minimum of six feet apart. A good estimate is to sit with at least a fully stretched, two-arms’ length across your chest distance on each side of you from another person. (The average human “wingspan” is five feet, 11 inches.)
- Doctors, nurses and other clinicians typically will maintain a six-foot distance from patients when talking with them. While that distance won’t be possible when the clinician is taking vital signs or conducting an examination, unnecessary contact is being avoided.
Given that the hospitals and other facilities of UHS serve populations at high risk for COVID-19, we believe these measures are prudent at this time.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated, the goal of social distancing is to avoid transmission of the disease.
In simple terms, social distancing is putting enough space between yourself and other people that airborne particles from either coughs or sneezes cannot reach you.