Every year at about this time — approaching the height of the flu season — Logan Regional Hospital has routinely imposed restrictions on visitors entering the hospital with flu-like symptoms.
Those policies now apply year-round.
“For visitors who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of flu-like illness we are asking that they please not come and expose our patients and family members and others to that illness,” said Nurse Administrator Neil Perkes.
Perkes said visitors most of the time understand and respect the policy.
“Occasionally we will need to remind someone and politely ask them to not expose the patients and workers and others to that illness that they show signs of exhibiting.”
Perkes said physicians and those in infectious disease specialities review the policies every year.
“The decision was made this year to implement these policies all year system-wide to all of the 23 hospitals within Intermountain Healthcare.”
The hospital has also implemented new restrictions over the Special Care Nursery.
“All year long any visitor under 12 needs to provide a record of immunization for admittance into the Special Care Nursery. During the flu season visitors under 12 will not be permitted at all to the Special Care Nursery regardless of their immunization status.”