IU Health Announces Temporary Visitor Restrictions During Flu Season
An IU Health Saxony Hospital Release
—FISHERS--Indiana is bracing for what is expected to be a severe flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this season’s most predominant strain—the H3N2 strain of influenza A—is historically known to cause more hospitalizations and deaths. Indiana University Health is taking the precautionary measure of limiting patient visitors to its hospitals in Indianapolis and surrounding areas to protect patients, families and team members from unnecessary potential exposure to the flu virus.
This temporary policy goes into effect on:
-Monday, December 15, at IU Health hospitals including:
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
IU Health Bedford
IU Health Blackford
IU Health Bloomington Hospital
IU Health La Porte Hospital
IU Health Methodist Hospital
IU Health North Hospital
IU Health Paoli Hospital
IU Health Saxony Hospital
IU Health Simon Cancer Center
IU Health Starke Hospital
IU Health University Hospital
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
-Tuesday, December 16, at IU Health hospitals including:
IU Health Arnett Hospital
IU Health White Memorial Hospital
IU Health is also asking families to limit the number of relatives and friends accompanying patients to the emergency room, outpatient surgery waiting rooms and procedure areas, and primary care and specialist physician offices.
The temporary visitor restrictions mean:
Only adult immediate family as identified by patient will be allowed to visit patients.
Siblings and visitors under 18 years of age will not be allowed to visit patients.
Visitors who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills or muscle aches, will not be allowed.
Patients with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a surgical or isolation mask.
Signage will be posted throughout facilities.
Masks will be available to patients with flu-like symptoms.
Exceptions can be made by the care team in the event of special circumstances (e.g. patient is near the end of life).
Guests will be asked to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer often while in the building.
Additional IU Health facilities across the state are preparing to announce temporary restrictions on visitors in hopes of preventing the spread of the flu. We strongly recommend that you check with the IU Health hospital you plan to visit.