Family & Visitor Information:
Hospital Visiting Policy
Given recent widespread flu activity in the community and around the region, Trinity Health is implementing several restrictions for visitors to its hospitals and nursing home.
These policies went in place effective today (1/14/2013) and will remain until further notice:
- Visitors to Trinity Hospital will be permitted to see their immediate family members only.
- Visitors should not come to the hospital if they are ill with upper-respiratory symptoms.
- People exhibiting such symptoms who must visit a patient in the hospital are required to wear a mask.
- Those visiting patients with influenza symptoms will be limited to only persons who are necessary to the patient's emotional well-being and care.
Further, due to the vulnerability of the residents at Trinity Homes to influenza, all visits to residents of this long term care facility are suspended unless absolutely necessary; children will not be permitted to visit during these restrictions.
Trinity Health is also reminding us all to practice good hand and cough hygiene:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- If you don't have a tissue, cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand.
- Put your used tissue in the waste basket and wash your hands.
- Consider wearing a facemask to protect others if your cough/sneezing continues.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
According to Trinity's Infectious Disease specialist, Casmir Nwaigwe, MD, Influenza is prevalent in our community and for some people it poses a significant threat. "The most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year - it is not yet too late in the season to get a flu shot." Dr. Nwaigwe noted.
Finally, Dr. Nwaigwe advises those suffering from flu-like symptoms, to stay home until it passes to minimize risk of infecting others at school or work.