HURON — Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has lifted visitor restrictions that have been in place since the start of flu season to control the spread of respiratory infections, according to Janice Farrar, RN, BAN, M.Ed., director of quality and risk management for the hospital.
Since Jan. 30, HRMC had requested visitors be over the age of 12, in good health and free of respiratory flu symptoms. Even though the restrictions have been lifted, Farrar suggests the public continue to consider that rest is a big part of recovery and that anyone who is not feeling well is more at risk for infections.
“While it is important to the healing process for patients to know friends and family are thinking of them,” Farrar continued. “Patients may have weakened immune systems that make it difficult to fight infections.”
As an option to visiting during someone’s hospitalization, Farrar suggests calling or sending flowers, cards or a gift. Another option is to send an eCard from the hospital website at www.huronregional.org.
Farrar added, “It’s free, it’s quick and germs cannot spread from one person to another.”
To call a patient, simply dial the main hospital number at 353-6200 or, if you know the patient’s room number, dial 353-6 plus the three-digit room number (353-6XXX) to reach the room directly.For the complete article see the 03-15-2013 issue.
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