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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Charles Cole Hospital Limits Visitors

Children Under 18 Restricted
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has implemented changes to its visitation policy, effective immediately, to help fight the spread of seasonal and H1N1 influenza.

The revised visitation policy restricts children under 18 from visiting the hospital. Exceptions may be made for those visiting the hospital’s Long Term Care Unit, OB (siblings of newborns), and terminal and critical patients. All other exceptions will be made on a case by case basis. In addition, anyone, regardless of age, who is ill or who has ill household members should not visit the hospital.

All patient rooms at Charles Cole are equipped with phones; family and friends are encouraged to call patients if they cannot visit. E-cards, which are delivered to patient rooms, are also available via the hospital’s website, www.charlescolehospital.com.

CCMH enacted the revisions to its policy to protect its patients, visitors, and staff as more people are experiencing influenza-like symptoms this fall. Unlike seasonal flu, children seem to be at high risk for H1N1 and can spread the virus easily among the population.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat. Patients with H1N1 may also have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Anyone arriving at the hospital for medical care, who suspects he/she may have the flu, should wear a mask which will be available at the main entrance, at provider offices, and the emergency entrance. Patients with influenza-like symptoms should contact their medical provider’s office if they feel they need medical treatment.

Steps people can take to prevent the spread of flu include frequent hand washing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth, disinfecting surfaces such as tables, counters, doorknobs, and children’s toys as the virus can live on surfaces for several hours, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Those who are sick should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever has subsided without the use of medication. Families are encouraged to have a plan in place should household members become sick. Being prepared includes having a supply of over-the-counter medications, tissues, hand sanitizer/soap, and food, and making arrangements with an employer if people need to miss work due to illness and/or school and child care closings.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent the seasonal flu. People can receive the vaccine from a medical provider or a community flu clinic. The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against H1N1. Charles Cole has registered with the state Department of Health to receive H1N1 vaccine but has yet to receive a supply. The CDC has recommended that high risk groups be vaccinated first: pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of children younger than six months, health care and emergency medical services personnel, those six months to 24 years, and those 25 to 64 years with certain health conditions. After the high risk groups have been vaccinated, the general population will be able to receive the H1N1 vaccine.

For more information, visit www.charlescolehospital.com, www.cdc.gov. or www.health.state.pa.us.

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wow people don't even want to come to the hospital and now your turning them away. You ought to use your heads a little.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a good idea. a lot of your illnesses start there.children need not be there.

Anonymous said...

duh where the hell you suppose to get treated for being sick? and to segregate children from visiting thats just out right wrong.

Anonymous said...

Are you people for real???? Look around, this is happening all over the country. It's COMMON SENSE!!!! But I guess common sense is non-exsist in this redneck mentality area. If you actually read the article - or had someone read it to you - you would see that the hospital is NOT turning sick people away who need treatment. It's politely asking those who don't really need to be there to please stay home if they are not feeling well. If you didn't already realize this, people who are in the hopsital are already SICK! They don't need extra germs!! DUH! I think it's the readers who need to start using their heads, not the hospital. They are doing an excellent job to protect patients. OH, and FYI, idiots, don't think you are going to go to any other hospital in our area if you are sick either - they have already set similar polcies.

Anonymous said...

If you read the article closely, you will see that it says IF you have a fever, sore throat etc and are looking for treatment, to please put a mask on when entering the hospital. If you are sick, JUST STAY HOME like you would from your job! Does anyone really think it's a good idea to bring a snot nosed kid who's sneezing, hacking and coughing into a long term care unit to visit grandma for 15 minutes? Don't be so stupid. The hospital obviously did this to try and prevent the spread of the flu.

Anonymous said...

Poster 5:53.....Please indicate exactly WHERE the article says it is turning people away from care because I'm just not seeing that. Are you sure you can read and comprehend what you are reading???

Anonymous said...

Half of the people who post comments on this site are extremely stupid. It's pathetic.

Anonymous said...

I personally think this is a good idea. They are not only protecting those sick in the hospital but potentially protecting those with lower immuse systems (AKA children) from going into the hospital and catching something from the sick people in here.

IN NO WAY is the hospital turning sick people away who need care, they are turning sick people away who are just visiting!!

I guess you people read what is here and only read half of it to interpret it the way you want to as usual, put people or places down, not get the facts!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think name calling is very immature. I am sure you can make comments without calling others names, or can't you?

Ps..call the er and tell them you have a child sick with the flu and ask them if you should bring them in to the er........ then wait for your answer.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea, why make the sick more sick? If you feel sick "call" the patient instead of coming in and visiting and making them more sick. Kudos to CCMH!

Anonymous said...

To the 9:45 poster..........lack of common sense is not limited to one set of people. It's WIDELY scattered across the nation. So, stop trying to make your point by calling people names and generalizing. It diminishes your comments and just makes YOU look like a name calling idiot that couldn't get your point across any other way.

Anonymous said...

A case or two of swine flu in the austin school ? yes ,no ??????

Anonymous said...

if i cant see my son if i got put in the hosptil i will walk out

Anonymous said...

To poster 8:52 PM...what would you be in the hospital for? If you were that sick to be put in the hospital, why would you even want your son exposed to that? If I were THAT ill that I was hospitalized, I'd want my children to be as far away from me as possible so that I didn't give them that same illness. I'd miss them like hell, but isn't that being a good parent?...trying to keep them from getting sick too? Also, if you notice, the article states that they will make decisions on a case by case basis if needed. So, unless you tell us what you'd be in the hospital for, I guess I don't understand why you'd automatically assume you couldn't see your son. And if for whatever reason he can't come see you, maybe it's actually for his own health...ever think of that?

Anonymous said...

9;27 you dammy i waset talking abut some thang out

Anonymous said...

Who's the idiot that calls everybody a red neck that comments on here anyway!? Brad

Anonymous said...

thay ant nothing wrog with rednecks