BMH Announces Visitor Restrictions to Prevent Spread of Illnesses - Beaufort Memorial Hospital

BMH Announces Visitor Restrictions to Prevent Spread of Illnesses

Beaufort Memorial Hospital Issues Visitor Restrictions to

Prevent Spread of Illnesses

 

Due to an increase in the number of flu and other respiratory-related illnesses, Beaufort Memorial is imposing visitor restrictions for the immediate future.

 

“Adults who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as runny nose, sore throat and fever, will be encouraged not to visit patients in the hospital,” said Mary Scott, RN, MSN, Corporate Director of Quality and Infection Prevention. “We are now restricting visitors under 18, as well as asking the community to limit hospital visits to one visit per patient. We hope that these precautions will prevent further spread of the flu and other viruses, and better enable us to care for those patients who most need to be in the hospital at this time.”

 

Scott notes that for most cold and flu-like illnesses, staying at home, drinking fluids and taking Acetaminophen is all that they need to do to fight these viral illnesses. Patients may feel badly for up to a week, but will get better at home with rest, liquids and over-the-counter pain relievers.

 

However, patients experiencing signs of the following should seek immediate care from the emergency department:

·         Difficulty breathing

·         Chest or abdomen pain

·         Dizziness

·         Confusion

·         Severe vomiting

 

Those caring for sick children need to watch closely for the same symptoms as outlined above for adults. In addition, parents and caregivers also should bring their child to the ER:

·         Bluish skin

·         Not waking or interacting

·         A fever with a rash

 

“Our goal is always to provide the highest quality of care possible to the greatest number of patients possible,” said Scott. “We ask our community to bear with us as we work as efficiently as possible to help our patients during the current cold and flu season.”

 

 

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