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Visitor precautions are a series of
measures put in place to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases which are common in health care facilities. They are designed to help keep residents, families, staff and visitors healthy and safe.
At times, a health care facility may need to implement
if they are experiencing an increase of flu-like or gastrointestinal illness amongst patients or residents. This means that individuals should refrain from visiting the facility when possible and immediate family should contact the facility before visiting.
Help reduce the spread of illness
Visitors can help
reduce the spread of illness
by doing the following:
Do not visit if
you are ill.
Check with nursing staff before you visit.
Clean your hands before entering and after visiting your loved ones.
Should you visit more than one resident at one visit, please ensure you take the necessary precautions.
Wear protective equipment, such as masks, gown and gloves for the duration of the visit, if required. Nursing staff will advise which equipment is required, how to properly apply and remove it.
Please do NOT visit any health care facility if you feel ill or are experiencing flu-like or gastrointestinal symptoms.
For the purpose of visitation to Eastern Health facilities, immediate family would include a mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, next of kin or “significant other” as indicated by the patient or resident. In the case where there is no family, a friend can be identified by the patient or resident to visit. Patients and residents may also identify a care provider as approved by the site management.
will remain in effect at Eastern Health
facilities until further notice. Family members are asked to contact the facility prior to visiting:
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For infection prevention, the public is advised to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs or sneezes with a tissue or the crook of their arms and refrain from touching their faces.
Influenza: What you need know.
How to Safely Visit a Long-Term Care Facility During Outbreaks (PDF)
Updated Feb 10, 2015
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