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Monday, November 16, 2009 - New SJH visitation guidelines will help prevent the spread of flu- Children and teens less than 18 should not visit patients

VINELAND, NJ (November 10) – For the safety of South Jersey Healthcare’s patients and employees, and to minimize risk of the H1N1 flu infection, the health system will be restricting hospital visitation during this flu season. The new visitation guidelines, which have been recommended by the New Jersey Hospital Association, go into effect November 10, 2009. Additionally, all existing visitation guidelines (visit SJHealthcare.net for details) will be strictly followed for the safety of patients, visitors and staff. 

Under the new guidelines, the following groups of people may not visit patients in the hospital:
1. Children and adolescents less than 18-years old

Exceptions:

  • Parents and significant others of maternity or pediatric patients

2. Persons with a cough or a fever. You may visit after you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
 
3. Persons who are feeling sick (including sore throat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea). 

The guidelines also recommend:

  • that there be no more than three visitors at a time;
  • that visitors use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided, before entering and exiting the patient's room and limit touching surfaces within the patient room; and
  • that visitors adhere to guidance provided by our caregivers on the use of personal protective equipment (gowns, masks, gloves) prior to entering a patient's room.

Exceptions to the visitation guidelines may only be granted by a nursing supervisor or vice president of patient care services.

For more information about flu-related matters, call The New Jersey H1N1 Hotline: 1-866-321-9571.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.