Widespread flu brings temporary changes to visitor policies
at Fairview Health Services hospitals
Minneapolis (Jan. 8, 2014) -- Fairview Health Services is acting to stem the spread of the flu virus,
implementing temporary visitor policies in its hospitals to reduce patient and employee exposure. The
temporary policies will take effect Thursday, Jan 9., and last the duration of the flu season. Fairview
took this step after the Minnesota Department of Health declared influenza to be widespread in the
Fairview asks that you do not visit the hospital if you may have the flu or if you have close contact
with someone who is sick.
In addition, our hospitals will:
Screen visitors for influenza-like symptoms or exposure to others with such symptoms. Visitors
with influenza or exposure may not visit.
Limit visitors to 5 years and older.
Instruct patients and visitors on hand hygiene, limiting surfaces touched and use of Personal
The hospitals will make exceptions to the visitor rules on a case-by-case basis, for compassionate
“Visitors play an important role in the comfort, care, healing and well-being of our patients,” says
Steve Meisel, PharmD, CPPS, Fairview director of patient safety. “At the same time, our patients may
be particularly vulnerable to contracting the flu and, if they do, it could set back their recovery. We
believe these restrictions will safely balance both of these needs.”
Notification of hospital visitor restrictions is posted at facility entrances, on hospital websites and in
Fairview hospitals are Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina,
Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton, Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming,
University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center,
Fairview in Minneapolis, and Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing.
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