Vail Valley Medical Center orders flu-season restrictions on visitors
VAIL – Vail Valley Medical Center asks that all visitors be in good health and over the age of 12 to visit the hospital. The new restrictions have been imposed to prevent spread of H1N1, seasonal flu and other respiratory viruses, hospital officials say.The restrictions will be enforced until spring of 2010, when flu season has subsided. “We recognize that the restrictions may present challenges for some families, but the safety of our patients and staff is of highest priority,” says Doris Kirchner, CEO of the hospital. “These measures will further prevent the chances of spreading these respiratory viruses to people who may already have compromised immune systems.”The hospital asks that families and friends who are planning to visit patients refrain if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, muscle aches, stuffy nose, vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, children 12 years of age and younger will not be permitted to visit inpatient units. Children also may not be left unattended in lobby areas. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of charge nurses for the siblings of newborns in the Women’s & Children’s Center.For a full listing of updated guidelines and restrictions visitors are asked to visit http://www.vvmc.com prior to planning a visit.