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How to safely allow visitors to your hospital in a COVID-exposed world (fifth of a seven-part series)

by Andrew Jones

The risks of not managing your visitors properly

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At best, not identifying visitors makes employees wonder about them. At worst, it leaves people exposed to potential harm.

Any unauthorized visitor should be considered a security breach, with assumed bad consequences, such as:

  • Bringing disease into your hospital, now more than ever
  • Physically harming your patients, staff, and other visitors
  • Being under the influence of a controlled substance and/or seeking to steal drugs from your facility (and to use drugs within it)
  • Stealing personal belongings and hospital assets – now including basic supplies (masks, sanitizer, disinfecting wipes) that are in greater demand by the general public and may be in limited supply

(Next: Part Six — The benefits of an effective visitor management system. Download our complete guide to safely allowing visitors.)

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Posted on 8/3/2020


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