As the nation fights its way through the worst flu season in more than a decade, healthcare workers at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) are urging visitors to stay home if they have flu-like symptoms-in order to combat its spread.
LCMH continues to experience an influx in patients having the flu and flu-like symptoms. Potential visitors who feel ill or are experiencing upper respiratory problems are asked to stay home. Only two visitors per patient are allowed at any one time. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in patient areas. The Family Birth Center and Pediatric Units are restricting siblings from visiting, as these young patients are at greater risk of complications due to the flu.
“ We’re committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, visitors and staff during flu season and especially during this unusual flu season,” says Lisa DiMarco, M.B.A., R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE., Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Little Company of Mary Hospital. “We ask that if you are planning to visit a patient and feel ill with any type of upper respiratory problem that you stay at home and delay your visit to keep our patients and staff safe. We recognize that these temporary changes to our visitor policies may be inconvenient, but they are in everyone’s best interest.”
Doctors are asking patients who come to the emergency room with flu-like symptoms and can’t see their primary care physician-to make use of available disposable surgical masks and hand sanitizer to minimize the spread of germs.
Please prevent the spread of infection:
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or sleeve. Please do not visit patients if you are sick.
- Frequent and thorough hand washing.
- Stay home from work, school or general public if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains, or other symptoms like nausea or vomiting sometimes associated with influenza.
- Avoiding people exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness.