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Flu Precautions: Visitor Guidelines

Health News, 2018Flu Precautions – In an effort to stop the spread of seasonal flu cases that may enter the hospital during the 2017-2018 flu season, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley is asking those who have a fever, cough or who are ill, to not visit the hospital, unless they are seeking treatment. 

Restrictions on Visitors Under 14 Years of Age – Due to the serious impact flu can have on young people, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley is also temporarily restricting visitors under the age of 14. To enter the Intensive Care Unit or the Medical Surgical Care Unit, visitors must be 14 years or older. Visitors under the age of 14 who are free of flu-like symptoms or any other infectious illness may visit newborn siblings in the Obstetrics Department. Exceptions to the 14 years or older restriction may be made in special circumstances (e.g. for terminally-ill patients). Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis and may be authorized by the Unit Charge Nurse, Attending Physician, House Supervisor, or the Administrator On-Call. 

• Limit Two Visitors Per Patient – Only two visitors per patient will be allowed to visit at a time. Exceptions may be made in the case of end-of-life patients when more visitors may be allowed. Other visitors must wait in the waiting room, not in the hallway. 

Pregnant Women are Discouraged from Visiting for Their Safety – Pregnant women are discouraged from visiting (especially visiting patients with flu) to protect the mother and baby. 

Effective Until Further Notice – Safety measures will remain in effect until further notice. We will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.