Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center institutes voluntary visitor restrictions
Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center has implemented a voluntary visitor restriction plan for all patient care areas in order to protect visitors, patients and employees from the increase in illnesses throughout the community. Signs are posted at entrances, elevators and public areas throughout the hospital, and carry the following message:
We are currently experiencing influenza/pneumonia/RSV activity in our community. Help us protect our patients. Please do not visit the hospital if you are sick with any of the following: Fever, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Runny nose, Sore throat or Cough.
All visitors should use alcohol hand gel before and after visiting. It is recommended that children under the age of 18 years old not be allowed in patient rooms.
Thank you for helping protect our patients.
“Influenza (flu), pneumonia and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) are contagious viral diseases that can lead to serious health problems, especially for young children and older adults,” said Bill Oldham, Public Relations chief for the hospital.
“Our number one goal is to protect the health and safety of our patients, many of whom are already vulnerable and susceptible to more serious illnesses,” said Sandy Blair, RN, the Infection Prevention and Employee Health Director at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.
The measures were also taken to help protect healthy people and high risk individuals visiting the hospital.
“While visits from family and friends are an important part of the healing process, during this particular time we especially want to help limit the amount of exposure patients and visitors have to viruses. This year’s flu season appears to be affecting children and young adults more so than other years, said Blair.”
The hospital will continuously review the restrictions and lift them as soon as possible.