WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita says it has implemented temporary visitor restrictions in its two pediatric units to prevent the potential spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other viral respiratory infections. 

In a release Tuesday, Ascension Via Christi said the restrictions affect its fifth-floor pediatrics unit and third-floor pediatric intensive care unit. The following are effective immediately:

  • Two family caregivers may remain with their child 24 hours a day.
  • Additionally, one family member or visitor 18 years or older per day may visit between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

“To provide an extra layer of security, we are going from two points of access to our secure Pediatrics unit to one,” hospital President Joy Scott said in the release. 

Parents and visitors entering the fifth-floor pediatrics unit now must:

  • Use the entrance north of Elevator C to access the secure unit
  • Sign in at the nurses station upon entering and exiting

“We appreciate the cooperation of our visitors, patients, associates and providers to support our infection control efforts and provide a safe environment of care for everyone,” Scott said.

Ascension Via Christi St. Francis is located at 929 St. Francis.