VVMC implements visitation restrictions during flu season
Verde Valley Medical Center is implementing influenza and respiratory syncytial virus season visitation restrictions effective immediately in all patient-care areas of the hospital. Children under 12 will be restricted to common areas of the hospital and cannot be left unattended, unless they are patients. These areas include main lobby areas and the cafeteria. If at all possible, visitors are asked to leave children at home when they come to the hospital to visit patients.
Children under the age of 12 who are the siblings of a newborn on the Maternal Child Unit may be allowed to visit. Children will be screened for illness by unit staff and must be accompanied by an adult.
Anyone who has symptoms of illness such as a fever, headache, sore throat, body aches, congestion or a cough should not visit the hospital unless they require hospital services. "Additionally, patients in common areas or waiting rooms exhibiting these symptoms will be required to wear a mask to minimize the spread of infection, and will be asked to wash their hands frequently.
Influenza and RSV is present in respiratory secretions and can be transmitted when a person coughs or sneezes. The viruses also can be transmitted person-to-person via nasal secretions and contaminated hands. This is why covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue or coughing/sneezing into the elbow is important, followed by washing your hands or using waterless hand sanitizers.
RSV is a very common virus that causes cold-like symptoms in children and adults. Premature babies whose lungs are not fully developed, newborn infants and those patients with lung or heart conditions are extremely vulnerable to the virus, which can be fatal. A person exposed to RSV can give it to others without even knowing they have it.
These restrictions are expected to last until the influenza and RSV season ends in the spring.
VVMC is a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which provides healthcare services through Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center, Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice, The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, Fit Kids of Arizona and Guardian Air. The system provides the only Level I Trauma Center and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit north of Phoenix.
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