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COVID 19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS GUIDELINES -FOR PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS (RELATIVES & OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS)

Updated: May 4, 2020

Why are precautions important?

The unfortunate outbreak of COVID 19 Pandemic has put tremendous pressure on the world, especially in the healthcare sector. The nature and behaviour of the virus is yet to be thoroughly understood and the rapidly spreading virus has led to more than one lakh deaths across the world. This calls for stringent safety precautions to be taken by every member of the society to save lives.


It is extremely important to note that individuals who are ASYMPTOMATIC – THAT IS, DO NOT HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS CAN ALSO BE CARRIERS OF THE VIRUS AND SPREAD TO OTHER PEOPLE.


Who is at risk?

All individuals are at potential risk of contracting this infection.

Individuals at high risk of complications are – Senior citizens, patients with diabetes, kidney issues, individuals with previous history of lung diseases, smokers and cancer patients.


Risk for healthcare professionals and hospitals

By not disclosing any potential symptoms or history, you will be putting other patients, their caregivers, doctors, nurses and the entire hospital at risk. Several hospitals have been completely shut down in India, including one in Bangalore, because of this.


We seek your complete and unstinted support in ensuring the safety of all cancer patients over the next few months. For this, the following measures have been taken:


1. Only ONE attender per patient is allowed to visit the hospital. The same attender will have to remain with the patient during the entire period of stay at the hospital.

2. Patients are provided food at the hospital and our hospital canteen is open for caregivers. OUTSIDE FOOD IS NOT ALLOWED.

3. NO VISITORS ALLOWED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This also includes exchange of patient attenders during the hospital stay. Any violation of this rule will not be tolerated.

4. All patients and caregivers must comply with the screening staff prior to entry into the hospital.

5. Patients have to contact the hospital over telephone for appointment before visiting the hospital.

6. Report to the doctor/hospital administration if:

i) You or any member of your family have come in contact with any person who has been confirmed or suspicious to be COVID Positive

ii) You or any family member have a recent travel history

iii) You or any family member have cough, cold, fever or difficulty in breathing.


COVID 19 Testing

As mentioned, a person may not have any symptoms of a COVID infection but may still be positive for the virus. When such a person undergoes treatment for cancer, their condition may worsen and the entire hospital will be at risk of contracting the infection.