Centegra Health System is experiencing increased cases of influenza and flu-related hospitalizations. For the safety of hospital patients, visitors and Associates during this flu season, We are asking for your cooperation once again with the implementation of our visitor restriction policy.
This policy will go in to effect Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014:
- No visitors under the age of 18 years old
- Limited visitation for significant others in obstetrics and pediatrics.
- No visitors who are sick with a runny nose, sore throat, or fever
This is the second year we have implemented additional restrictions to our visitation policy. As an organization we believe it our responsibility to make every effort to reduce the spread of this illness. Please reinforce with your patients, and other with whom you interact in our facilities, our intentions to with these temporary restrictions.
Mandatory Medical Staff Vaccination
Vaccination is mandatory for all Associates and medical staff. To schedule your vaccination, please call Associate Health at 815-759-4372. Verification of vaccination is required and can be faxed to any of the numbers below:
- CHM Medical Staff Office Fax: 815-759-8098
- CHW Medical Staff Office Fax: 815-334-3856
- Associate Health Fax: 815-759-4425
We would like to remind all clinicians of the importance of hand washing, masks and other appropriate measures to prevent the spread of flu. Likewise, for the safety of your other patients, consider expeditious discharge as soon as appropriate to prevent risk of infection to them as well as their families. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and your patients will appreciate it as well.
You may already be aware of the growing menace of global antimicrobial resistance. Among the measures to control the selection pressure it was felt that certain anti-infectives should be limited to the order of ID service.
Up until this time, only two anti-infectives had such limitation, polymyxin E (COLISTIN) and fidaxomicin (DIFICID). Several other agents will now be part of the restricted list. As you can see from the limitation list below, a number of these anti-infectives are currently non-formulary and in general are not commonly used and should therefore be reserved for specific cases.
We feel that this is an important and appropriate step in maintaining the current level of antimicrobial resistance that we are presently seeing at Centegra Hospitals. We are asking for your full support in this effort. If you have a patient that requires one or more of the drugs listed above, an ID consult will now be required.
Thank you for time and cooperation in this very important matter.
R. Damaraju, M.D. Co-Chair, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
M. Hoffman, M.D. Co-Chair, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
On Jan. 9, we instituted a visitor restriction policy for the safety of hospital patients, visitors and Associates during this flu season. I’d like to remind you that the policy includes no visitors under the age of 14 years old on any inpatient unit (including visitors of Associates, physicians and volunteers). It limits visitation to immediate family members over the age of 14 in obstetrics and pediatrics. There also is a limit of two visitors per patient at a time on all units. In addition, the policy pertains to outpatient areas of the hospitals as well. These restrictions help reduce the transmission of influenza within the hospital.
Those who are feeling sick with a runny nose, sore throat, or fever, should not visit friends or loved ones in the hospital. Hospital visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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