East Morgan County Hospital implements flu measures
Visitor restrictions aim to increase patient safety
BRUSH, CO (Jan. 3, 2014) – With the number of cases of influenza and respiratory illness on the rise in Colorado, East Morgan County Hospital is enacting measures to protect patients and staff.
Visitors under the age of 12 are restricted from visiting patient care areas at the hospital. Children under 12 are most likely to carry and spread influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one of the best ways to protect patients, hospital staff, and other visitors is to implement visitation restrictions for children. Visitors to the hospital with symptoms including cough, fever, runny nose, headache, and muscle pain also are asked to postpone visiting hospitalized patients until symptoms have cleared.
Visitors to the hospital should wash their hands often including before entering and upon leaving a patient’s room. Sinks and waterless hand sanitizers are available on all nursing units.
Patient care areas include patient rooms, medical imaging, physical therapy, and outpatient services. Children may be in public areas as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Public areas are waiting areas, the lobby, dining area and Gift Shop.
The flu is a contagious disease and contributes to more than 36,000 preventable deaths annually in the United States. Young children, people 65 years of age or older, pregnant women and people with conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease or a weakened immune system are at high risk for getting the flu, which can cause fever and pneumonia and make existing medical conditions worse.
East Morgan County Hospital is operated by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems with 24 hospitals in seven states. East Morgan is a 25-bed critical access hospital that opened in 1967. The hospital offers inpatient and outpatient diagnostic services, cancer care, emergency care, intensive care with Banner iCareTM technology, medical imaging and the state-of-the-art Alonzo Petteys Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Brush.