GBGH declares influenza A outbreak on 1 North
May 17, 2019 – Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) has officially declared an outbreak of influenza A on its 1 North Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Unit. The outbreak was declared in consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit based on two lab-confirmed, hospital-acquired cases of influenza A.
To reduce the spread of infection, the hospital has implemented enhanced infection prevention and control measures including increased housekeeping, use of personal protective equipment, and meticulous hand hygiene practices.
“The safety of our patients and staff is always a top priority, but our efforts are even more heightened during a time of outbreak,” says Dawn Major, chief performance officer, GBGH. “Our outbreak management team is meeting on a daily basis in collaboration with public health to closely monitor the outbreak and ensure high quality, safe patient care is maintained.”
Visitors/families to 1 North are being asked to observe visitation instructions including one adult visitor per patient (with the exception of palliative patients); consulting nursing staff prior to entering a patient room; visiting only one patient (not moving from room to room or unit to unit); wearing a mask and/or eye protection; and adhering to thorough hand hygiene practices. Visitors experiencing flu-like symptoms – coughing, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches or sneezing – are asked to avoid visiting.
“The general requirement for an outbreak to be declared over is that there are no new cases for a minimum of eight days,” says Janine Duquette, infection prevention and control practitioner, GBGH. “We will provide further updates as new information is available and/or there are changes to the hospital’s outbreak status.”
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