Information for coronavirus patiënts admitted to Erasmus MCYou have been admitted to Erasmus MC and have tested positive for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 virus). This means that you are infected with the coronavirus and need to be nursed in isolation. This is necessary for your own safety and to prevent contamination of other patients, visitors, and healthcare practitioners.
Nursing in isolation
You are being nursed in what is called contact droplet plus isolation. This is to prevent the spread of the virus through drops (such as coughing and sneezing) and through direct contact. Although we can imagine that the measures described below may be difficult for you, we hope that you understand these precautions and thank you for your cooperation.
What does this mean for you?
- The door to your room needs to be closed at all times
- You must stay in your room, except for necessary examinations or treatment.
- Healthcare practitioners wear face masks, splash goggles (medical safety glasses), gloves, and an apron. When leaving the room they remove this protective equipment and disinfect their hands.
- Your clothes may only be taken home in a closed plastic bag and must be washed at a temperature of at least 40C.
What can you do?
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing/sneezing or after using the toilet.
Cough and/or sneeze into your bent elbow.
Use disposable tissues.
Do not shake hands.
We fully understand that some of these measures will be difficult for you. It can be distressing not being allowed to leave your room and the protective clothing worn by healthcare practitioners may make you feel distanced and uncomfortable. Feel free to discuss your feelings and emotions with the nurse.
Examinations and treatments
Of course, you can rely on us to provide excellent healthcare, which is why examinations, treatments, and most operations will continue as usual. When we take you to other departments (e.g. to radiology or the operating room) in your bed, you will need to wear a face mask. Other departments have quite some precautionary measures in place as well. If you are taken in a wheelchair, you will need to wear an apron and gloves in addition to the face mask.
You can find our visiting rules in the coronavirus FAQ on our website
Transfer to another hospital
You are admitted to the Erasmus MC. At the moment, there are big differences in the number of COVID-19 cases in each region. If the region around Rotterdam gets so full that patients can no longer be admitted, it may be necessary to transfer patients who have already been admitted to another hospital that has more available space. Of course we hope that this is not necessary.
Using your data for medical research in the fight against coronavirus
Physicians and researchers at Erasmus MC are working hard to gain a better understanding of coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. In addition to our own research, we also work together with institutions and organizations outside the Netherlands and Europe.
For medical research on coronavirus and COVID-19, we need the (not directly traceable) medical data (including any radiological images such as X-rays and scans) and tissue samples (residual tissue) of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. We store the medical data under a randomly selected code number. Names of patients, dates of birth, and patient numbers are not included in this data to protect patient privacy to the greatest degree possible. The data is confidential and stored securely for no longer than is necessary for this research. Making an objection
You can always object to the use of your medical data and tissue samples for medical research on coronavirus and COVID-19. If you object, we will not use your data and tissue samples for research.
Additional information and the objection form can be found at ‘Residual tissue for medical research'
When you are discharged and allowed to go back home, you may still be a carrier of the coronavirus. You may leave the house if you have been free of symptoms for 24 hours and
if it has been at least 7 days since your symptoms started. Do you have a weakened immune system? Then you may leave the house if you have been free of symptoms for 24 hours and
if it has been at least 14 days since your symptoms started. This means: no fever, no head cold, and no cough. Follow the general advice that currently applies in the Netherlands about school and work at https://www.government.nl/
You can find updated questions and answers on the coronavirus
and the measures for visitors
on our website www.erasmusmc.nl
We apologize for any inconvenience these stringent measures may cause you or your visitors. The measures are in line with national guidelines. Your physician or nurse will be happy to give you more information.