WakeMed lifting flu visitation restrictions

February 11, 2013 1:14:04 PM PST
For weeks, WakeMed and other hospitals around the Triangle have clamped down on visitation thanks to a high risk of patients contracting the flu.

Now, with flu rates in the community on the decline, the hospital says it will return to normal visitation rules February 14.

"At this time, there has been a notable decrease in the risk of flu cases being brought into our hospitals and facilities by visitors," said Vickie Brown, RN, WakeMed director of Infection Prevention and Control.  "Visitation restrictions help reduce the risk of infection for patients, and we are appreciative of the support and cooperation of our patients, their loved ones and the surrounding community over the past two and a half months."

For weeks, WakeMed has not allowed visitors under the age of 18 without prior approval from a WakeMed health care provider. Patients were also limited to two visitors at a time.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Duke University Health System have issued similar restrictions.

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