new visiting rules at Providence
Kodiak Island Medical
Center. The hospital is
making changes as a precautionary measure to protect patients and staff from
the spread of swine flu.
Borghy Holm is the public relations
and communications coordinator for Providence.
She says that Providence
is adopting the same measures that other hospitals around the country are
-- (PKIMC 1 :28 "We've all heard
... everything we can.")
Many of the new hospital visitor
rules are geared towards youth 18 and under.
Holm emphasized that the new
policies are only intended for people visiting patients and not for people
seeking medial care.
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People who feel sick or have flu
symptoms should avoid visiting patients in the hospital. Those symptoms include
fever, sore throat, cough, and a runny nose.
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Kids 18 and under are at a higher risk of getting and spreading the swine flu,
they are limited to visiting immediate family members only. Visitors to
maternity wards and intensive care units must be over 18. Holm said there are exceptions to the maternity ward rule
for expectant fathers under 18..
coming to the hospital for routine appointments are asked to arrange childcare
in order to cut down on the number of children in the waiting room.
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Holm said that the hospital has
no visitor restrictions for patients receiving end-of-life care.