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January 6, 2015
WakeMed Emergency Departments, Urgent Care and Primary Care Sites All Report High Flu Volumes

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 6, 2015) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals announced today restricted visitation guidelines in an effort to protect patients, visitors and employees from the one of the harshest flu seasons to hit the state in the past decade.

“As health care providers, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect our patients from the spread of illness,” commented West Lawson, MD, WakeMed chief medical officer. “As a tertiary hospital our patients are more acutely ill than at most health care facilities, and contracting the flu can significantly complicate or delay recovery and discharge. It is necessary for WakeMed to put these guidelines in place to help reduce the risk of infection for patients.”

To help safeguard patients, visitors and employees, the following restrictions apply to all WakeMed patient care facilities effective Friday, January 9, 2015:

• No visitors under the age of 12 are permitted without prior approval from a WakeMed health care provider.
• Each patient is limited to two (2) adult visitors at a time.
• WakeMed staff asks all visitors not to visit patients if they are ill. Symptoms of concern include: fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours. WakeMed staff will direct any ill family members or visitors to please return home.
• WakeMed encourages family members and friends that are unable to visit patients due to age or illness to use alternative means of communication including phone, email or social media (Facebook, Skype, etc.).

For more information, visit the WakeMed Flu Resource Center at www.wakemed.org.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit health care organization founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. The largest health system in Wake County, WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care to all. The 896-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, delivering health and wellness services that bring added value to the communities we serve. WakeMed is a leader in cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency medicine and trauma care, physical rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center. WakeMed’s team of more than 8,200 employees, 1,500 volunteers, 1,200 affiliated physicians, and the more than 255 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices use the most advanced technologies along with the best minds and the biggest hearts to ensure the finest quality in health care and community health. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

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