In an effort to protect patients during their stay at Northfield Hospital, officials are limiting visits to members of a patient’s immediate family, and only if they do not exhibit symptoms of an influenza-like-illness. This policy also applies to visitors to residents in the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital.
In addition, the hospital is requesting that a patient have no more than three visitors at any one time.
“We appreciate the benefits that come from patients receiving visits from friends and loved ones, but in the context of the H1N1 pandemic, we need to protect those whose health is already compromised,” said Mary Quinn Crow, chief operating officer at Northfield Hospital & Clinics.
Symptoms of influenza-like-illness are:
- Fever (above 100°F)
- Sore Throat
- Stuffy Nose
- In some cases, diarrhea and vomiting.
Special consideration will be given to parents, primary caregivers, spouses and the families of patients receiving comfort care. These visitors must comply with additional precautions.
To reduce your chances of catching or spreading either the seasonal flu or H1N1, public health officials advise people to cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow and teach those around you to do the same. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t touch your hands to your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.