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Hospitals scaling back visits in wake of flu concerns

Some Metro East hospitals say they are implementing temporary visitor restrictions during the flu seasion.

medicalsymbolAnderson Hospital in Maryville said it has seen increased flu cases in its ER and admitted patients, as of Dec. 27, and taking precautionary steps advised by the Illinois Department of Public Health:

* No visitors displaying flu-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc.)
* No visitors under age 18 allowed on patient floors
* Visitors in the Pavilion for Women are limited to baby’s sibling(s) and 4 others as determined by the mother.

“Patients are recovering from various illnesses, so we cannot risk subjecting them to the flu and other cold viruses,” said Lisa Klaustermeier, chief nursing officer at Anderson Hospital. “We regret any inconveniences, but the health of our patients is our priority.”

Visitors to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland are also being reminded of the important role everyone plays in guarding patient safety.
St. Joseph’s is providing respiratory etiquette stations at hospital entrances, which have tissues, masks, and sanitizing hand gel for visitors.

During flu season, St. Joseph’s has the following visiting guidelines:
• DO NOT visit hospital patients if you:
– Have a cold or any flu-like symptoms including fever or chills, sore throat, body or muscle aches, headache, cough or runny nose.
– Are under age 18 years of age.
• A limit of only two people should visit a patient at any one time.
• As always, soap and hand sanitizers should be used when entering and leaving a patient’s room.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.

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