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Visiting a Facility

To help us provide the best care for you and assist in preventing the spread of infection, if you or a family member are coming to the Emergency room to be assessed and/or being admitted to a facility please let your nurse know if you have any of the following signs/symptoms:

  • A new cough or shortness of breath
  • Fever, chills or muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • A skin rash
  • A history of previous diagnosis or infection with an organism resistant to antibiotics, for example “MRSA” or “VRE”
  • Avoid visiting if you have had one of the following in the past 24 hours:
    • Vomiting or Diarrhea
    • Fever and/or chills
    • New or worsening cough
    • New rash
  • Performing hand hygiene before and after your visits (click on the above link titled “Hand Hygiene” for more info)
  • Covering your cough or sneeze to assist in minimizing the spread of germs. Use a tissue or cough/sneeze into your upper sleeve – not into your hands. Discard used tissues into a wastebasket followed by cleaning your hands with either alcohol based hand rub or soap and water. If possible, cough or sneeze at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from others.
  • Occasionally, to prevent the spread of certain types of infections, the use of Additional Precautions is required. If the family or friend that you are visiting has a poster on their door that indicates Additional Precautions are necessary – please see the nurse prior to entering the client’s room. Here is an example of what the poster might look like:

If you are visiting a family or friend within a PMH facility, you can help us ensure that our clients, visitors and staff are protected from the spread of infections by:

  • Avoid visiting if you have had one of the following in the past 24 hours:
    • Vomiting or Diarrhea
    • Fever and/or chills
    • New or worsening cough
    • New rash
  • Performing hand hygiene before and after your visits (click on the above link titled “Hand Hygiene” for more info)
  • Covering your cough or sneeze to assist in minimizing the spread of germs. Use a tissue or cough/sneeze into your upper sleeve – not into your hands. Discard used tissues into a wastebasket followed by cleaning your hands with either alcohol based hand rub or soap and water. If possible, cough or sneeze at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from others.
  • Occasionally, to prevent the spread of certain types of infections, the use of Additional Precautions is required. If the family or friend that you are visiting has a poster on their door that indicates Additional Precautions are necessary – please see the nurse prior to entering the client’s room.

             Here is an example of what the poster might look like:

 
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