Effective today, the temporary visitation restrictions imposed in January due to the flu have been lifted at Sampson Regional Medical Center (SampsonRMC). The restrictions were put in place twelve weeks ago due to widespread influenza activity reported throughout North Carolina and in the local area.
With few exceptions, the mandatory visitation guidelines were hospital-wide and restricted visitors under the age of 18 or adults of any age who had fever or flu-like symptoms.
“We appreciate the understanding, cooperation, and patience of our visitors during the last twelve weeks,” stated Amber Cava, VP of Strategy & Business Development. Providing the best quality of care in a safe environment for patients means protecting them and managing their exposure to contagious illnesses, such as the flu.
While the hospital has returned to normal visitation guidelines, all visitors are still encouraged to perform good hand hygiene upon entering or exiting the facility or when coming and going from a patient’s room. Hygiene stations are located throughout the hospital, stocked with face masks, tissue, and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer pumps are also located at the entry point of every patient room.
“In addition to getting the flu shot, respiratory hygiene and hand washing are the most important steps people can take to help prevent the spread of flu,” said Wanda Holden, RN, Infection Control Coordinator.