Special infection prevention and control measures have been implemented, according to a statement on the hospital's website. Visitors to the unit are asked to check in at the nursing station prior to visiting any patients.
They're also asked to exercise proper hand hygiene when visiting the hospital, as frequent hand hygiene is extremely effective in reducing the spread of infection.
Those with any of these symptoms are asked not to visit patients: new or worse cough, sore throat, fever, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea or generally not feeling well.
To prevent the spread of infections to other patients, staff and visitors, it is sometimes necessary to place patients in isolation, the website said.
Those visiting a patient in an isolation room are asked to follow these tips:
-Report to the nursing station before entering the room.
-An isolation sign will be posted at the doorway to the patient’s isolation room. This means that everyone entering the room must take the precautions.
-Put on the personal protective equipment as indicated on the sign and as instructed by hospital staff. Depending on the type of isolation, this may include a mask, a gown or gloves.
-If you are unsure how to use the equipment, ask a staff member for further direction.
-When leaving the isolation room, remove the personal protective equipment. Masks and gloves are discarded in the waste basket. Gowns are placed in the soiled linen hamper.
-Always clean your hands before entering and when leaving the isolation room. Use the hand sanitizer solution placed outside the patient’s room.
-Do not sit on the patient’s bed, use the patient’s bathroom, share the patient’s food, use the patient’s personal articles including utensils, glasses, cups, etc., visit other patients in the hospital after leaving an isolation room.