Memorial implements visitation restrictions

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Community Patient Safety Coalition, which includes Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and other area hospitals, has have implemented visitation restrictions in response to an increase in influenza cases nationwide and in the Tri-State.

The restrictions include: No visitors with influenza-like symptoms, including cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting or diarrhea; No visitors under the age of 15; and no visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons as defined by the patient.

Exceptions to these restrictions may be made for cases involving critically ill patients and end-of-life situations. Some restrictions may be modified to accommodate healthy siblings of newborn babies.

Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands frequently while in the hospital and wear protective face masks when instructed.

The flu can cause serious complications and even death, especially in the very young, the elderly, and those with certain existing medical conditions. These measures are being taken in an effort to protect patients, families, and hospital staff. We appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation.

In addition to Memorial Hospital, other Community Patient Safety Coalition hospital include: Daviess Community Hospital, Methodist Health, Deaconess Health System, Evansville Surgery Center, Select Specialty Hospital, Gibson General Hospital, St. Vincent Evansville, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Vincent Warrick, Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation, St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital and The Women’s Hospital.

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