HRMC Implements Visitor Restrictions to Protect Patients
January 26, 2018
HURON, SD – Due to the number of influenza cases in the community, Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is asking the public to limit visitation to patients to reduce the risk of spreading infections, according to Pam Shoultz, RN, infection control nurse.
“We are asking for the community’s cooperation in controlling the spread of infections, especially to the young, elderly and immune-compromised persons,” said Shoultz.
Visitor restrictions recommend those visiting the hospital be:
- Over the age of 12,
- in good health, and
- free of any recent respiratory or stomach flu symptoms
“While support of family and friends is important to the healing process,” Shoultz notes, “Patients are stressed by the very experience of being in the hospital and may have weakened immune systems that make it difficult to fight infections.”
Instead of visiting someone in person, Shoultz suggests calling or sending flowers or a gift. Another option is to send an ecard from the hospital website at www.huronregional.org.
Shoultz offers the following tips to stay healthy and reduce the spread of germs. Information is also available at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and South Dakota Department of Health websites:
- Get a flu vaccine
- Wash your hands – often and well
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid crowds or close contact
- Stay home when you are sick
- Take care of your health every day by eating well and moving more
- Contact your healthcare provider as needed
Shoultz says the visitor restrictions will remain in effect for as long as the “flu cases” remain widespread. Signs are posted at the hospital to alert visitors; visitors may call the hospital at 605-353-6200 or visit online at www.huronregional.org.
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