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Visitation restriction now enforced at Mercy North Iowa

This news story was published on January 13, 2014.
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MASON CITY – If you have flu-like symptoms, stay away from Mercy Hospital unless you need treatment, the health care provider announced Monday.

According to Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, it is now enforcing Level One Visitation Restriction for the protection of patients and to prevent the further spread of influenza.

During Level One Visitation Restriction at Mercy – North Iowa:

• Visitors with respiratory and/or influenza like symptoms are restricted from visiting hospitalized patients;
• Visitors are triaged for Influenza like symptoms before entering the Birth Center and/or Pediatric unit;
• Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette are monitored and enforced by staff;
• Patients in isolation are limited to significant other/parents and two visitors.
• Hospital vendors/suppliers are asked to avoid face to face contact.

Mercy – North Iowa said in a statement that it “realizes there may be circumstances that need special consideration, in those cases families should call the nurse in charge on the unit they wish to visit prior to arriving at the hospital.”

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