CAMBRIDGE -- Effective immediately, Southeastern Med will restrict visitors in an effort to prevent the spread of influenza from its patients and the children in the community.
Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted in the hospital unless the person is there for treatment.
Visitors are limited to a patient's immediate family and support personnel with a maximum of two visitors per patient. Anyone who has a respiratory illness or a fever is also not permitted into the hospital unless the person is there for treatment.
"We appreciate the community's cooperation as we implement visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of the flu," said Cathy McIntire, RN, CNOR, director of Infection Prevention at Southeastern Med. "We apologize for the inconvenience that the visitor restrictions may cause to family members and friends, but this measure is a necessary precaution to protect patients."
Aside from visitor restrictions, Southeastern Med is also encouraging all visitors to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer, located at all facility entrances, elevators and patient rooms, before and after a visit. Masks are also available for visitor protection upon request and at hospital entrances.