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Temporary Visitation Rules to Protect Patients, Employees

To protect the health of our patients, visitors and staff this flu season, UK HealthCare is making temporary changes to hospital visitation policies. These changes will be effective beginning Monday, Jan. 8. Changes to our visitation rules include:

  • No visitors under the age of 12 (except in Bone Marrow Transplant and the NICU, where there should be no visitors under the age of 18).
  • No visitors with any flu-like symptoms.
  • Only two visitors in a patient’s room at a time.
  • Visitors may be given masks or other protective clothing for use when visiting.
  • Additional rules may be in place in special care units, such as women’s, children’s, critical care and oncology units.
  • Compassionate visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Flu is “Widespread” in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Public Health is reporting influenza as being “widespread” throughout the state. We have noted a steady increase in the number of our patients and team members reporting a flu-like illness.

Hand Hygiene is Key

Remember, hand hygiene is the single most important thing we can do to prevent the spread of infections. Wash hands frequently using alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water. The CDC offers these tips for everyone on handwashing.

For Employees

Employees with Flu-like Symptoms

If you have respiratory symptoms such as cough, sneezing, runny nose or sore throat without fever, wear a face mask during patient care activities. If you have these symptoms AND a fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, advise your manager and do not report to work.

If diagnosed with the flu, do not return to work until you do not have a fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.

For Supervisors and Managers

So we can collect data for influenza and influenza-like illness, please report employee call-ins to Employee Health using the appropriate form. Click here for the one-page call-in form.

Free Employee Flu Shots

If you have not already received vaccination against the flu, you can still do so by visiting Employee Health, 8 a.m. ‒  4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the first floor of the University Health Service Building.

No appointment is necessary, but wait times may vary. A UK HealthCare I.D. badge is required. Please remember that it takes up to 14 days for this vaccination to be fully effective.

Unvaccinated Employees

Throughout this restriction, employees who have not received a flu shot this year must wear a mask upon entering any clinical facility for as long as they are in the facility.

Hand Hygiene

Staff should perform hand hygiene before entering and when exiting patient rooms. Use soap and water when leaving a C. Difficile isolation room. More tips for everyone on handwashing are available from the CDC.