Respiratory Illness Visitor Restrictions in place at ESHC
January 06, 2020
As a result of several long term care facilities in outbreak within our service area and the high volume of respiratory illness our staff is seeing – Erie Shores HealthCare now has Visitor Restrictions in place for the entire hospital until further notice effective Monday January 6th 2020.
Respiratory viruses have started in the community, and these viruses get on staff or visitor hands during coughing or nose blowing, like influenza.
ESHC is asking the public to restrict to 2 visitors per patient within the care of ESHC. No visitors under the age of 18. If you are visiting the hospital – you may be asked to wear a mask and gown to help prevent the spread of illness. Handwashing stations and mask stations will be set up at each elevator and at the entrance of the Emergency Department. If you suspect you are unwell, please refrain from visiting ESHC.
ESHC staff is aware of the need to prevent infections in patients. All of our staff are trained in infection control precautions. People who visit ESHC also play an important role in preventing the spread of infections.
Respiratory viruses starting in the community, and these viruses get on staff or visitor hands during coughing or nose blowing, like influenza.
Above: Signage is posted around the hospital indicating steps to take to prevent illness.
Precaution if you have to come to ESHC:
CLEAN YOUR HANDS:
• Upon arrival and departure from ESHC
• before and after leaving patient room
• Rub hand sanitizer briskly and completely over each hand until dry.
• Wash your hands with soap and water if they become visibly soiled during contact with the patient whom you are visiting.
• Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick!
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
• If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
Above: Visitor restrictions are in effect until further notice.
PREVENT THE SPREAD OF RESPIRATORY GERMS
Please don’t come to visit if you are ill!
We want you to be safe. We want our patients to be safe.
These protocols are in place to help and protect our patients.