“Many hospitals in northwest Ohio counties are considering or have begun limiting visitors to protect patients from influenza,” said Tami Binger, a Fisher-Titus registered nurse and infection control practitioner.
Fisher-Titus has restricted children ages 18 and under from visiting the Medical Center. The policy was set in place as a safety measure to protect patients as the flu starts to impact the community. Anyone who is sick, especially if they may be coughing, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, have a fever, or stomach problems including diarrhea, can help protect patients and community members by not visiting until their symptoms are gone, Binger added.
“Any visitors or guests who exhibit obvious signs of illness will be requested to leave the facility for our patients’ health and well being,” said Binger.
Firelands Regional Medical Center is implementing a similar policy. It issued the following statement on its website Friday afternoon:
"In an effort to protect patients, their families and our staff this flu season, Firelands Regional Medical Center will begin restricting visitors to people 18 and older and immediate family or immediate support persons. The visitor restrictions will go into effect immediately. Firelands Regional Medical Center also asks that anyone experiencing flu symptoms (fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, muscle aches) refrain from visiting any patient in the hospital. Many of our patients are highly susceptible to infection. As seasonal influenza continues to unfold in the community, it is possible restrictions at Firelands Regional Medical Center will change. If you are planning to see a patient in the hospital, please continue to visit www.firelands.com for the most current information about visitor restrictions."
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