Skiff offers flu guidelines; not currently restricting visitors
Influenza has been hitting the headlines recently. Both in Iowa and nationwide, influenza is considered to be widespread, with infection rates moderate to high in most areas. The numbers of both hospitalizations and patients seeking clinical treatment for flu-like symptoms are three times higher than a typical year. This is of concern, as we have not yet reached the standard peak of flu season.
Several hospitals near Jasper County are choosing to limit visitors to protect the patient population; guests experiencing cough, sore throat or fever are asked not to come to those facilities unless they are themselves seeking medical care. Children younger than 18 are not being allowed to visit anywhere in those hospitals, unless they are a sibling going to the obstetrics unit and are symptom-free.
At this time, Skiff Medical Center is not electing to restrict visitation in this manner, as they are observing decreasing flu numbers locally. However, they do ask that everyone — employees, physicians, patients and guests — exercise caution through appropriate respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. Also, when possible, delay coming to the hospital (or wear a mask) if they are feeling ill. Patients suspected of influenza will be placed in isolation until the presence of flu can be verified or ruled out. Skiff has established a flu committee that is meeting on a weekly basis to assess the situation as the flu season progresses.
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