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Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2010 3:15 pm

Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City is enforcing visitor restrictions to protect patients, visitors and employees during this influenza season.

Again this year, children ages 12 and under will not be permitted in patient care areas in the hospital. These restrictions are being put into place because research indicates that children are the main carriers and transmitters of the flu.

Follow the guidelines below during the restriction period:

  • If you have signs of possible flu (runny nose, cough, fever, etc.), please refrain from visiting inpatient areas.
  • Do not bring children to patient care areas, which include any location where a patient may receive care, such as patient rooms, medical imaging, speech/occupational/physical therapy, outpatient services, etc. Visitor restrictions do not apply to public areas such as waiting rooms, lobbies, the cafeteria or gift shop. Banner Boswell believes this solution provides options for places children could stay with an adult while others visit patients.
  • Children may be allowed into patient care areas on a case-by-case basis only after consultation with staff and after a child has been provided with a respiratory mask and gloves, and observes strict precautions during this visit.

Hand washing remains a high priority, particularly during flu season. Visitors are asked to wash hands often and before entering a patient’s room and upon leaving. Sinks and waterless hand sanitizer are available on all nursing units and outside patient rooms.

For information on how to protect yourself and your family against the flu, visit http://www.bannerhealth.com/flu">www.bannerhealth.com/flu.

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