PRMC adds restrictions to visitation in midst of flu season
PRMC has announced new visiting restrictions in the face of the intense flu season.
The medical center is restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting from now until the end of March.
As a precaution and to be proactive, PRMC reminds anyone with a cold, cough, fever or other flu-like symptoms to please remain at home and not visit patients.
Siblings under 12 may visit PRMC's Mother-Baby unit or Labor & Delivery after a screening by the patient's nurse. Parent must be sure siblings are not ill before bringing them to visit the Mother-Baby or Labor & Delivery units.
People with appointments are asked to not bring children under 12 with them unless the appointment is for the child, that's because people can be exposed to the flu even in the waiting room.
For babies' safety, children with upper respiratory infections or symptoms of the flu will not be permitted to visit.
"We also have younger patients coming in, young children that come in to visit, and we also know that children are dying from the flu and we dont want any transmission from the flu to occur from children bringing it into our patients or from patients to our children," says Karen Mihalik, RN/Infection Preventionist.
We're told visitation may be further limited depending upon the level of flu activity occurring in the community.