Published: Dec. 30, 2013
Updated: Dec. 30, 2013
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By Duke Medicine News and Communications
Due to a rise in influenza infections throughout the Triangle, all Duke University Health System hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers will temporarily restrict patient visitations, effective Monday, Dec. 30.
Visitors to hospital and ambulatory surgery patients will be limited to immediate family or designated caregivers age 18 and older, and who have no fever, cough or other flu-like symptoms.
The restrictions are part of a multi-step approach to protect patients and prevent the spread of influenza at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals, as well as the Duke Ambulatory Surgical Center and the James E. Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center.
Temporary initiatives include:
Restrictions are temporary and will be reviewed as the state’s influenza rates abate. Similar restrictions on hospital visitations were put in place last year from Dec. 26, 2012 through Feb. 11, 2013.