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Restrictions On OB Visits At Palo Alto County Hospital During Flu Season

By Staff | Oct 27, 2009

The spread of influenza, both seasonal and H1N1, has prompted Palo Alto County Hospital to take special measures to protect the health of the newborns. Beginning immediately, visitor restriction will be put in place for the Obstetrics Unit.

* Visitors are limited to immediate family only

* Visitors under the age of 16 are not allowed unless they are the baby’s sibling

* Visitors who are ill are not allowed.

“It is difficult to know who is infected with influenza since people can be contagious before they start showing symptoms”, noted Kathy Mehan, RN, Infection Control Director at Palo Alto County Hospital. “Our smallest patients are most at risk for H1N1 and these restriction are in place as a safeguard for their well-being.”

If you are ill or have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, Palo Alto County Hospital and PARC Hall request that you do not visit any patients or residents until you are well. Hand hygiene stations are located at each of the front visitors entrance to the hospital. These stations have hand sanitizers and Kleenex for visitors to use. They also include masks for patients to wear if they are coughing or sneezing at the time of their physician visit.

In addition, it remains important to take personal actions to prevent the spread of influenza.

* Cover your cough with your sleeve

* Clean your hands, and

* Contain germs by staying home when ill

A flu vaccination hotline has been set up to keep Palo Alto Count residents informed of any public clinics scheduled as vaccine arrives. The phone number is 712-852-5666. You may also find information on the hospital web site at www.pachs.com and in your local media.