10.26.2009

Monroe Clinic Tightens Hospital Visitation in Light of H1N1 Flu

In an effort to protect patients, staff and the community from the H1N1 flu virus, Monroe Clinic has implemented visitor restrictions for those under the age of 18 in the hospital. Not only is this segment of the population one of the most at risk to contract the virus, but also they often forget to take normal precautions to avoid spreading infections.

These restrictions apply to all inpatient areas of the hospital building. Due to the vulnerable nature of the newborn and mother, visitation will be restricted further in the family birth center to the father of the baby or significant other.

 

We ask all hospital visitors to follow these guidelines:

  • Do not visit if you are 18 years old or younger.
  • Do not visit the hospital if you are ill.
  • Keep the number of visitors and length of visits to a minimum.
  • Visitors should practice hand hygiene before and after each visit with a patient.
  • If possible, call patients to give your well wishes instead of visiting.

The visitor restriction does not apply to the main clinic building. However, for the safety of their own children, parents are strongly encouraged to arrive at their own appointments without their children. As an additional precautionary measure, Monroe Clinic will be removing toys from both hospital and pediatric public areas, as toys can pass germs and illnesses from one child to another.

 

Practice Good Hygiene

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please take the following precautions to help prevent spreading infection:

  • Stay home if you get sick. Most patients are not in need of immediate care. For the safety of others, please refrain from visiting the emergency room or walk-in care. Please call your provider if you have further questions.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. Dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, and avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Put on a mask before entering any healthcare setting. Monroe Clinic will have signs posted and masks available at all clinic and hospital entrances.