Hospital visiting policy changing 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

The Fulton County Health Center is implementing a temporary visitor restriction policy due to the current flu season.

This year’s season started earlier, with more people becoming ill and younger people appearing to be more susceptible. Many are becoming seriously ill.

As a precaution, the Fulton County Health Center has established a temporary restricted visitor policy to help protect patients, family members other visitors and staff from unnecessary exposure and potential infection.

The restrictions includes the following precautionary measures:  Visitors must be at least 18 years of age; visitors will be limited to two adults per patient; and patients are asked to limit the number of relatives and friends accompanying them to the Emergency Services department, outpatient areas, surgery waiting areas, procedure areas, primary care and specialist physician offices.

If you are over the age of 18 and are considering visiting one of our patients and are experiencing one of the following symptoms (cold, fever, coughing, sneezing) please restrict your visit at this time.

“We are taking these extra measures to insure we have the safest possible environment for our patients and for those under age 18 who are much more vulnerable to the effects of the flu," said E. Dean Beck, administrator.

The policy does not apply to children under 18 who need emergency care, outpatient services or hospitalization.

The following health tips are suggested for the prevention of influenza:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.

• Cough into your sleeve or a tissue. Throw the tissue away and perform hand hygiene.

• Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid visiting others in the hospital to prevent exposing those who are already ill or recovering from other health concerns.

If you are ill and must visit, please ask for a mask.

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