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WakeMed News Releases

February 6, 2015
RALEIGH, N.C. (February 6, 2015) – As flu rates decline throughout the WakeMed system, and throughout our community and the state, WakeMed will stop restricting visitation to its hospitals and facilities effective Saturday, February 14. After that date, visitors of all ages will be allowed in patient care areas.

The health care system continuously monitors and mitigates influenza activity among patients.

“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 community over the past several weeks,” said Vickie Brown, RN, director of Infection Prevention & Control.

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
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Fever
• 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WakeMed’s visitation restrictions were originally made effective on January 9, 2015, to protect patients, visitors and employees during a particularly harsh flu season.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/fluresourcecenter.

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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