CAMBRIDGE -- Effective Feb. 20, the Emergency Department (ED) at Southeastern Med will take strides to improve patient and staff safety by securing the internal ED doors and restricting patients to two visitors at a time.

Visitors will now be required to use a phone located outside of the ED doors to call the nurse's station to gain access to the area. Additional visitors are welcome to wait in the ED's waiting area and rotate visiting the patient.

"When a patient is entrusted to our care, we can never be too cautious about that patient's well being, and that starts with ensuring the highest level of safety," said Shelly Cale, director of the Emergency Department at Southeastern Med. "By securing the unit's doors, we can better provide our patients with a safe and secure, comfortable environment."