Central Vermont Medical Center changes visitor policy during H1N1 flu season

first_imgThere will be a limit of two visitors  per patient, hospital wide, including the emergency department. Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to visit. An exception will be made on  the Women & Children s Unit. The  healthy sibling of a new baby may visit and will be included in the two visitor limit. If any of the support people for new moms are ill with flu like symptoms they will be asked to return home.  Visitors to pediatric patients will be restricted to only their parents or caregivers. Visitors to medical-surgical patients on the Women and Children s Unit are limited to only immediate family, two visitors per patient.  If the patient does not have immediate family, close friends will be allowed to visit.  Visitors with signs of influenza like illness will not be permitted to visit.Anyone visiting the Women & Children s Unit and the Davis Special Care Unit must wash their hands and wear a surgical mask.  Alcohol hand sanitizer and masks will be made available.  Visitors will also be expected to wash their hands when  entering and exiting the patient s room.If there are extenuating circumstances, such as a dying loved one, visitors  will be managed on a case by case basis.Anyone  with fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or body aches should not come to the hospital. If a visit is absolutely necessary then they must perform hand hygiene and wear a  mask while in the hospital. They must also perform hand hygiene before and after entering the patient room. The masks should  be removed when they leave the hospital. The visitor cannot go to any other area in the hospital and must exit the hospital as soon as the visit is over.Source: CVMC. 10.19.2009 Central Vermont Medical Center is revising their visitor policy starting Monday, October 19.  These restrictions will remain in place throughout the H1N1 flu season.  Guidelines will be revised as necessary to comply with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.last_img

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