Statement from Alliance Community Hospital Administration on Swine Flu
In light of the CDC's declaration of the Swine Flu outbreak as a public health alert and one confirmed case in nearby <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Elyria, OH, AllianceCommunityHospital is taking precautionary steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients, staff and visitors. Though it's impossible to predict how this or any virus MIGHT impact our community, ACH remains dedicated to undertaking safety measures in order to proactively address potential issues that might arise from this public health threat. Effective immediately and until the Swine Flu subsides:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
1) ALL visitors coming into the hospital will be asked to consider the following questions:
Â· Are you suffering from fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough and/or any other flu-like symptoms?
Â· Have you traveled outside of the U.S. within the past seven days?
Â· Have you been exposed to anyone suffering from flu-like symptoms within the past few days?
If they answer YES to any one or more symptoms, they are respectfully asked NOT to visit the hospital.
2) All staff members suffering from a fever and/or upper respiratory symptoms must report off and remain at home until their symptoms disappear. Again, we ask that any visitors suffering from these symptoms refrain from entering the hospital, as well.
3) In the Emergency Department, all patients presenting with symptoms of high fever and/or respiratory illness or distress will be given masks to wear immediately. Also, visitors under the age of 14 are prohibited from visiting the Emergency Department of the hospital.
ACH is working with area physicians to ensure that they perform assessments of patients to determine whether or not they are suffering from flu-like symptoms, in order to treat them accordingly upon arrival at the hospital. Also, our Visiting Nurses Association representatives will advise the patients whom they treat in their homes to refrain from entering public places if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
It is difficult to estimate a time line of lifting these precautions, though the ACH administration and staff are constantly monitoring the Swine Flu situation as it unfolds. Anyone suffering from flu-like symptoms is AGAIN respectfully asked NOT to visit the hospital, so as to try to limit exposure.
As always, good hand-washing techniques are crucial to minimizing the spread of flu viruses or other infections.
Please see your doctor immediately if you are suffering from flu-like symptoms and be prepared to answer questions that may help him or her treat you efficiently and effectively.
For more information or if you have questions, please call the Swine Flu hotline at 866-800-1404.