GHS is Prepared for Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Virus

10/16/2009

GHS is Prepared for Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Virus

 

OXFORD, NC (October 16, 2009) – Granville Health System (GHS) announced that the health system is prepared for the potential of H1N1 virus cases multiplying across North Carolina. Hospital officials said they are ready to treat anyone who does contract the virus, or the seasonal flu, and are working to limit its spread through education, increased awareness and infection control procedures already in place.

 

"First and foremost, we are asking everyone to remember to wash your hands and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze," said Paula Lewis, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Control/Employee Health for Granville Health System. "We are also asking that anyone who may be sick or who has flu-like symptoms not visit patients in Granville Medical Center.”

 

Granville Health System Chief Executive Officer L. Lee Isley said that Granville Health System is well prepared for these events, is in communication with the Public Health Department, and receives updates from the federal and state governments as conditions change.

 

GHS has Infection Control policies, as well as specific policies for seasonal flu and the influx of infectious patients. Earlier this month, Granville Health System announced that the organization had implemented a mandatory seasonal flu vaccine program for all GHS employees.

 

“We are encouraging the community to contact their primary care provider to make an appointment to be vaccinated,” said Isley. “The introduction of the H1N1 virus this flu season certainly warrants additional precautionary measures.”

 

All Granville Health System facilities have free-standing hand sanitizing stations located near each entrance. Hospital officials ask that those visiting GHS locations use the stations when entering and exiting a building. It is especially important for all visitors to sanitize their hands before visiting or making contact with a patient.

 

The hospital is being vigilant in identifying flu cases right away, said Eugene D. Day, M.D., Chief of Staff for Granville Health System. "We're looking for people with respiratory symptoms, fever, sore throat and gastrointestinal illness," Day said. “Certainly, we are using caution with patients coming in with these symptoms. Our first concern is to prevent contact between those showing flu symptoms and patients already admitted to the hospital.”
 

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