Countywide Visitor Restrictions at Marion County Hospitals to End on Apr. 13

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2016

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Temporary visitor restrictions that began on March 11 at Marion County hospitals will end as flu activity continues to drop. Normal visitation policies at Marion County hospitals resume on Wednesday, April 13.

The number of patients visiting emergency departments at Marion County hospitals with a chief complaint of influenza-like illnesses has dropped steadily since a peak of flu activity in March.

Hospitals agreed to implement the least restrictive option of the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety's patient visitation policy on March 11 at the request of Marion County Public Health Department Director Virginia A. Caine, M.D.

"While flu activity is going down in Marion County, we must continue to protect ourselves and each other by doing simple things such as washing hands frequently with soap and water, and covering our coughs," said Dr. Caine. "It is important for anyone with the flu or flu-like symptoms to avoid visiting someone in the hospital and to stay home from work or until symptoms are resolved."
 
The Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety is comprised of chief executive, medical, nursing, quality, safety and pharmacy officers from six Indianapolis health systems. In addition, there is participation by entities such as Eli Lilly, Indiana and Purdue Universities, Butler University, the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana State Department of Health and the Marion County Public Health Department. The coalition is a non-profit public charity organization.

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