LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2018) — UK HealthCare has temporarily amended its inpatient hospital visitation policy to be proactive in helping protect the health and well-being of patients and health care workers during this flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently reporting flu is widespread in 50 out of 54 states and territories that it tracks — including Kentucky. UK Healthcare is seeing a significant increase in the number of patients complaining with influenza-like symptoms. As of last week, the health system had 165 lab-confirmed influenza cases.
To help prevent the spread of flu, UK HealthCare has implemented the following measures:
- No visitors under the age of 12 (except in Bone Marrow Transplant where no visitors under the age of 18).
- No visitors with any symptoms of flu-like illness.
- Only two visitors will be permitted in a patient’s room at one time.
- Visitors may be issued masks or other protective clothing for use when visiting.
- Additional restrictions may be in place in special care units such as women's and children’s units, critical care and oncology units.
- Compassionate visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
"These procedures are designed to help protect patients, visitors and staff from exposure to the flu and are in effect at all UK HealthCare inpatient units including University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Eastern State Hospital," said Dr. Derek Forster, medical director for infection prevention and control at UK HealthCare.
It is still recommended anyone six months of age and older who haven't received a flu shot, receive one. "A flu vaccination is still the first and best way to prevent influenza," he said.
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