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1:45 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

UK Healthcare Puts Safety Measures In Place For Visitors

A spike in flu cases has prompted University of Kentucky Healthcare to implement temporary restrictions on visits to patients. 

Dr. Derek Forrester, Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control at UK Healthcare says the measures are temporary and designed to help protect patients, visitors and staff from the flu virus.  The new restrictions are:

No visitors under the age of 18

No visitors with any symptoms of flu-like illness

Only two visitors will be permitted in a patient’s room at one time

Visitors may be issued masks or other protective clothing

Additional restrictions may apply in special care units

Compassionate visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis

The new interim guidelines are in effect at UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital.  Dr. Forster recommends that everyone six months and older who has not done so yet this season, should get a flu vaccine.  The hospitals under the UK Healthcare umbrella are seeing between five and seven patients a day admitted with flu-like symptoms.