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PA hospital limiting visitation for children

Emergency Management Alert, September 15, 2009

The Danville (PA) Regional Medical Center (DRMC) has limited hospital visitation to visitors 12 years of age or younger, reports the Star Tribune. Currently, children are discouraged from visiting the hospital unless they are the patient.

Linda Sokos, the infection preventionist and emergency management coordinator of DRMC, says that the medical center is attempting to stem the spread of H1N1. "Reports are that children are affected more by the particular H1N1 strain than adults," Sokos told the Tribune. "DRMC made this decision after considering that children could either pick the virus up at the hospital or be a reservoir bringing it in."

Sokos said the policy is not permanent, and that the hospital is waiting to see flu activity levels.

Prepare for the influx of flu patients with HCPro's Emergency Management Coordinator's Workshop, October 26, 2009.

Source: Star Tribune.

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