ProMedica Announces Temporary Visitation Restrictions at Facilities in Michigan and Ohio
posted on: 01/16/2013TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 15, 2013 – Effective Jan. 16, ProMedica will begin restricting visitation at its hospitals and long-term care facilities. ProMedica is taking these steps as a result of an increasing number of flu cases in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Visitors who have flu-like symptoms or are under 18 years old will not be permitted inside ProMedica hospitals and long-term care facilities, unless they require medical treatment. Flu-like symptoms are defined as a fever greater than 100 degrees, or feverish, with a cough. Visitors will also be limited to two per patient at any given time and all visitors will be asked to follow established hand hygiene procedures when entering and leaving patient rooms.
“We appreciate the cooperation of our visitors in our efforts to help protect the health and well-being of our patients and employees,” says Brian Dick, corporate director, ProMedica Infection Prevention and Control.
There may be some exceptions to the visitation restrictions involving patients who are critically or terminally ill, which will be determined by a nurse manager or Infection Prevention and Control personnel.
For more information about the flu, including prevention tips, visit www.cdc.gov.
Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 14,400 employees and nearly 1,700 physicians with more than 450 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 310 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity.