RALEIGH, N.C. (February 11, 2013) – In response to declining flu rates throughout the hospital, community and state, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is lifting visitation restrictions effective Thursday, February 14.
WakeMed continuously monitors and mitigates influenza activity among patients. “At this time, there has been a notable decrease in the risk of flu cases being brought into our hospitals and facilities by visitors,” commented Vickie Brown, RN, WakeMed director of Infection Prevention & Control. “Visitation restrictions help reduce the risk of infection for patients, and we are appreciative of the support and cooperation of our patients, their loved ones and the surrounding community over the past two and a half months.”
WakeMed has seen and treated a vast majority of flu cases and flu-like illnesses that hit Triangle residents hard starting in November.
However, because it is still flu season, WakeMed asks all visitors and their children not to visit patients if they show signs of any of the following symptoms:
• Generalized body aches
• Sore throat
• Coughing, nasal drainage and stuffy head
• Diarrhea within the past 24 hours
• Vomiting within the past 24 hours
WakeMed’s visitation restrictions were originally made effective on December 31, 2012, to protect patients, visitors and employees during a particularly harsh flu season.
For more information, visit the WakeMed Flu Resource Center at www.wakemed.org.
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 8,300 employees, 1,000 volunteers, more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and 150 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.