Genesis Emergency Department Experiences High Flu Volumes
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Zanesville, Ohio (March 5, 2019) – In response to the high incidence of flu in our area, Genesis HealthCare System is requesting the support of the community to protect patients and help prevent the spread of flu. Patients who come to the Emergency Department are encouraged to limit the number of people they bring with them to a minimum, and be aware that if they are showing signs of the flu, they may be asked to wear a mask.
Visitation restrictions at the Emergency Department
Visitors accompanying patients in the Emergency Department are limited to:
• Individuals age 18 and older
• Immediate family only
• Two visitors per patient
• Those free of flu symptoms including cough, fever, sore throat, body aches and vomiting
Flu symptoms last three to seven days. Most people can recover at home without medical care. However, if there are emergency warning signs of flu in children or adults as outlined below, go to the Emergency Department immediately. People with mild flu symptoms are advised to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations: stay home and call their physician if there are concerns about a risk of complications. If community members come to the Emergency Department and are not sick with the flu, they may run the risk of catching it.
When you should go to the hospital
Emergency warning signs in children include fast breathing or trouble breathing; bluish skin color; not drinking enough fluids; not waking up or not interacting; being so irritable that the child does not want to be held; flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worse cough; or fever with a rash.
Emergency warning signs in adults include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; or severe or persistent vomiting.