Hi, I’m Sue Kramer, Infection Preventionist, Employee Health at Hudson Hospital & Clinic and welcome to my blog!
Our goal at Hudson Hospital & Clinic is to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff at Hudson Hospital & Clinic during this flu season. For visitors and patients, we have placed large signs and kiosks, including hand-sanitizer, masks and tissue, at our main entrances and on nursing units.
We follow state guidelines and monitor flu activity closes. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health, “Most influenza indicators are leveling off indicating we are around or at peak influenza activity statewide. Despite being at or around the peak period, we can expect to see higher than normal (baseline) influenza activity for several more weeks.”
Here are some flu prevention and treatment tips:
- Take common-sense steps to limit the spread of germs. Make good hygiene a habit.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in a waste basket.
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
- Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Don't smoke.
- If symptoms worsen, see your physician
- We are not restricting visitors at this time, but we are asking people not to visit patients if they have symptoms of the flu or flu-like illnesses, including a fever above 100 degrees, a bad cough or sore throat, chills or body aches, diarrhea or vomiting.
- We are reminding visitors to cover their sneeze and cough (with a tissue or their sleeve), clean their hands upon arriving and leaving, and reminding them that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.
- Can children visit patients with influenza or influenza-like symptoms? Our recommendation is that younger children not visit patients in the hospital being treated with influenza or influenza-like symptoms. The CDC identifies children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2, as a high-risk group for complications from influenza. The best approach if the child comes to the hospital would be for adults who are with the child to take turns visiting the patient while one remains with the child in the family waiting area.
- We are participating and following the Wisconsin Department of Health & Human Services guidance. However, we are closely monitoring flu trends and our flu volumes to determine if we may at some point need to implement more restrictive visitor policies.
- We’re also closely monitoring flu (and flu-like illnesses) to determine if we need to implement additional precautions.
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