Safety

Oregon hospitals tighten visitation policies to curb H1N1

Emergency Management Alert, November 3, 2009

Hospitals in Oregon, along with many other hospitals across the country, are tightening their visitation policies in an effort to control the spread of the H1N1 flu viruses.

At Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital, visitors must be at least 12 years old and flu symptom-free to enter the hospital, reports StatesmanJournal.com. At Salem Hospital, visitors to the labor-delivery and neonatal intensive care units must be at least 18 years old and free of any flu-like symptoms, which include sore throat, fever and cough.

All patients with flu-like symptoms must wear masks, reports StatesmanJournal.com.

"Every hospital I know has changed their policy," infection prevention and control nurse Suzanne McKenzie told StatesmanJournal.com. "I haven't heard of any not doing it."

Source: Statesman Journal.com.

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