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Two-step screening process not going away anytime soon at Shriners Hospital

Two-step screening process not going away anytime soon at Shriners Hospital

If you’ve visited Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City in the past three months, you have participated in our thorough, two-step screening process. This process helps ensure the safety of everyone who enters the building, including staff, vendors, patients and their parents/caregivers. Because nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of everyone entering our building, we anticipate the screening process to last at least through the end of 2020. Though it may seem like an inconvenience, hospital staff have worked hard to make it a fast and efficient process. The average visitor completes the screening in less than a minute.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City chief of staff Kristen L. Carroll, M.D., spoke of the hospital’s priority to put first the health of everyone in the building. “Our screening process is a minimally invasive way to make sure people are being thoughtful about their exposure,” said Dr. Carroll. “We’re trying to keep everyone safe – staff, families and patients.” Dr. Carroll reminds us that when you come to the hospital, you bring with you traces of every thing and every place you’ve been in contact with. “We just ask that you take a minute and think about what you’re bringing in, especially as it affects our sweet, sweet kids.”

Two-step screening

The first table is positioned just outside the front entrance and has staff members who administer hand sanitizer and ask the standard questions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Do you have any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, cough, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit)?
  • Have you had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID 19, is awaiting COVID test results or who is in self-quarantine in the last 14 days?
  • Have you traveled outside the Intermountain West in the last two weeks?

Once screening questions are complete, and compliance with our visitor policy is met (patients are allowed two accompanying parents and no siblings), visitors encounter the second screening table just inside the entrance. A staff member takes the temperature of every person who enters the building with a device that requires no physical contact, ensures they’re wearing a mask and directs them where to go.

This new protocol, which is observed in public buildings around the state, is in line with the guidelines provided by the CDC and the recommendation of the Utah Department of Health.

The staff members who work at the screening tables are from all departments of the hospital and have volunteered to leave their regular duties for a few hours to help ensure the hospital is safe. We appreciate the patience and compliance of our visitors during these unprecedented times. 

If you have any questions about the screening process, please call the hospital at 801-536-3500.