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Throughout Washington state, hospitals are closed to visitors to limit exposure to COVID-19. How are providers helping patients stay connected to their family and loved ones when they need support perhaps now more than ever?
Debrah Thompson, manager of spiritual care at Swedish Medical Center, talks about how virtual visits evolved from a foreign and awkward practice to a beautiful form of connection for patients.
“It all unfolded in just an extraordinary way,” she said.
Thompson said they used an iPad to bring a dying patient’s family into the hospital room.
The chaplain “asked the family to send photos and those were printed out and placed in a position in the room where the patient could see them,” Thompson said. “And we could show the family that the patient could see their faces.”