Reported increase in H1N1 flu increases risk of spread of infection to hospitalized patients.
BUCKS COUNTY, Pa., November 12, 2009 – Because the safety of patients and staff is of greatest importance, the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) hospitals announced a unified agreement on hospital visitation guidelines for the duration of the H1N1 and seasonal flu season. Restricted visitor access to inpatient units and emergency rooms for those not seeking treatment is considered to be an effective infection prevention measure to reduce the risk of spreading influenza to hospitalized patients and those most at risk of serious complications. The BCHIP Partner Hospitals adopting visitation guidelines include St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital; Grand View Hospital; Doylestown Hospital; St. Mary Medical Center; Lower Bucks Hospital; and Aria Health, Bucks County Campus.
Effective November 13, 2009, the following visitation guidelines are being implemented in all BCHIP partner hospitals:
No visitors under age 18
No sick visitors (anyone with a fever or flu-like symptoms)
No more than two visitors at a time and visitors should be limited to family members
Wash hands before and after visiting patients
Hospital Visitation Guidelines are part of a uniform message of cooperation and coordination as hospitals work to safely manage the H1N1 outbreak in the region. Common guidelines also support healthcare workers in their efforts to help patients and their visitors understand why visiting policies have temporarily changed. An exception to these guidelines may be made via special request at each hospital. We appreciate the cooperation of our community in complying with these guidelines for the protection and care of all patients.