Eastern Maine Medical Center Implements Temporary Measures to Reduce Risk of Flu Transmission

For Patients, Visitors, and Staff

02/16/2018

(Bangor, Maine) – On Tuesday, February 20, Eastern Maine Medical Center will implement temporary precautions to reduce the risk of influenza for patients, visitors, and staff.
 
“While we are strong advocates for family and friend involvement in our patients’ healing process, the current unprecedented flu season represents a significant risk for our patients, visitors, and staff,” says James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, Eastern Maine Medical Center’s senior vice president and senior physician executive. “We have implemented temporary measures to promote preventive habits and to decrease exposure to vulnerable populations.”
 
The temporary adjustments to the medical center’s visitor policy include:
 
  • Limiting visitors to two per patient at a time anywhere in the hospital.
  • Establishing a minimum visitor age of 12 years old. Younger visitors are asked to please connect with family or friends via phone or in person when they are discharged from the hospital.
  • Limiting access to patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms (fever, upper respiratory symptoms, muscle pain, etc.).

The public will be directed to specific entrances in order to allow for screening for flu-like symptoms and the proper implementation of the visitor policy. “We did not come to this decision lightly. We know these temporary measures will create some challenges for visitors and may cause a bit of inconvenience for those entering the medical center. However, we believe these adjustments are absolutely necessary to protect our patients, staff, and the communities we serve. We are asking for cooperation and patience as we work together to do our part in preventing the spread of influenza in our community,” adds Dr. Jarvis.