Hospital limiting visitors during flu season

Posted at 10:31 AM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 10:31:48-05

In an effort to provide quality care and safeguard fragile and at-risk Patients, Sparrow Carson Hospital has adjusted its visitor guidelines during the influenza season.

Visitors under the age of 18 are being asked to refrain from visiting patients if they have a respiratory illness or flu symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, runny nose or congestion, and vomiting.

Sparrow Carson Hospital has seen a higher-than-normal number of cases potentially related to the flu. Hospital staff says protecting and improving the health of the people in our communities is Sparrow’s number one priority.

“Respiratory illnesses and the flu have hit hard this year. The only way we can protect those whose health is already compromised is to avoid contact with those that have symptoms of illness. Good hand hygiene and vaccinations will help decrease the spread of disease,” said Nancy Seals, RN, Infection Prevention Coordinator at Sparrow Carson Hospital.

The restrictions will remain in place until March 31, at which time they will be re-evaluated.