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Indianapolis-area hospitals implement visitor restrictions due to severe flu season

Jan. 17, 2013

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, more flu activity has been reported at this time than in the past 10 years in Indiana and nationwide.

To protect patients, families and members of the IU School of Medicine community from unnecessary potential exposure to the flu virus, IU Health will implement temporary restrictions on patient visitors to its Indianapolis-area hospitals effective Friday, Jan. 18. 

Affected hospitals include IU Health North, IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health Saxony, IU Health University Hospital, IU Health West, IU Health Simon and Bren Cancer Center, and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. These restrictions will go into effect at Wishard Health Services on the same date. The Richard R. Roudebush VA Medical Center has implemented the recommendations effective immediately.

  • Only adults may visit patients such as, parents, spouse/significant other, spiritual counselor.
  • Visitors with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills, or muscle aches will not be allowed.
  • People being treated for flu-like symptoms must wear a surgical or isolation mask.

Exceptions to the policy may be made under special circumstances. To determine when those exceptions can be made without compromising the quality and safety of the patient care environment, contact a nurse manager.

IU Health is also asking families to limit the number of relatives and friends accompanying patients to the emergency department, outpatient surgery waiting rooms and procedure areas, primary care and specialist physician offices.

IU School of Medicine employees can support this effort to protect patients by:

  • Staying home if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  • Following proper hand washing procedures and wearing a mask when appropriate.
  • Review the visitor restrictions policy page to help respond to patient and family questions.

For more information on IU’s flu policy, visit the Protect IU flu page or contact IUPUI Health Services.

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