Flu Concerns Prompt Visitation Restrictions at CRHS

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Web Administrator

Flu poster 2017In keeping with its primary commitment to patient safety and to further prevent the spread of influenza, Columbus Regional Healthcare System has announced that their visitation guidelines will change effective February 22, 2017 to restrict visitors under the age of 18. Except in extreme circumstances, visitors under 18 will not be permitted in the hospital unless they are patients seeking medical care. This decision was made in response to concerns about flu and is endorsed by Columbus County Health Department.

In addition to limiting visitation by those under 18, CRHS is urging everyone not to visit the hospital if they have flu-like symptoms, such as fever greater than 100 degrees accompanied by sore throat, coughing, diarrhea or body aches. These persons should not go out in public until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours.

“We know this change poses an inconvenience to families with patients in the hospital,” said Carla Hollis, Columbus Regional CEO, “but it is important to make this change effective now to limit the spread and impact of flu. Many patients, particularly newborns, pregnant women and patients with a suppressed immune system are particularly vulnerable. It is vital that we take every precaution to protect them.”

The change will remain in effect until the incidence of flu has significantly decreased, noting that it may be several months before hospitals could safely return to normal visitation.

The following are everyday preventive actions that can be used to prevent the spread of flu.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people (keep a 3-feet separation).
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

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