The actions of medical staff and employees have demonstrated what a premier facility Nationwide Children’s continues to be in servicing our community. Thanks to teams, including Emergency Preparedness and Epidemiology, Nationwide Children’s was able to quickly implement the pandemic flu preparedness plan. Departments such as the Emergency Department, Urgent Cares, our Primary Care Close to Home Centers and ChildLab are to be commended for dealing with parental and patient concerns over the H1N1 virus.
We are continuing to follow our standard visitor guidelines, asking all non-essential visitors who have any signs of illness to stay away from the hospital. We are also well-stocked with masks, hand sanitizers and other equipment for parents or guardians who are displaying flu-like symptoms, but who still need to be here at the hospital with their child. As always, we ask that if you have any signs of illness, that you protect your co-workers and our patients by staying away from work.
Please remember to follow infection control guidelines. These are designed to protect the patients, visitors and staff. Current policy requires that patients with flu-like symptoms need to be placed on Contact and Droplet Precautions in addition to Standard Precautions. Remember we may also have patients entering our facilities with Pertussis, RSV, Influenza or multiple viral illnesses. This means all Staff entering the room must:
Finally, we are continuing to update the intranet and internet sites with information and tools to help you. You can find links on either site to access the latest hospital-specific information, signs and handouts, as well as links to CDC and central Ohio information. A hotline has been established for Columbus and Franklin County health-care providers to call if they have questions regarding the swine flu H1N1 virus. Providers can call (614) 355-0461 for information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Central Ohio Poison Center. Screening guidelines and forms have been changed. Health-care providers are urged to check for new guidelines and forms.