Saturday, August 23, 2014

‘Gastro’ outbreak lifted at hospital

In conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. has lifted the outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness on the first floor of La Verendrye General Hospital here.
Several steps were taken to help patients and staff and keep the illness from spreading, including

•isolating patients with symptoms and postponing group activities;
•sending affected staff members home until they were symptom-free for 48 hours; and
•aggressive cleaning throughout the first floor.
In co-operation with the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary, a volunteer staffed a “reminder station” at the entrance to the first floor unit during visiting hours.
Colds, influenza, and stomach viruses are especially common in the community at this time of year.
Anyone going to any hospital or long-term care home to visit should do so only when they’re feeling well while also washing and sanitizing their hands regularly before, during, and after a visit.
Potential visitors with symptoms of a cold, influenza, or stomach virus are advised to stay home and not enter a hospital until they’ve been free of symptoms for two days.
This precaution will help reduce the chance of passing an infection to seriously-ill patients.

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