January 18, 2013
Due to the current influenza outbreak, as a safety precaution for patients and staff, Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) is temporarily restricting visitors from the Bronson BirthPlace—Battle Creek. This restriction applies to everyone no matter their age with the exception of ‘healthy fathers and significant others.’
“We are putting this restriction in place because patients, especially newborns and young children, are highly susceptible to illness,” says Susan Watson, RN, MSN, NE-BC, vice president of patient care services at BBC. “It is our hope that all visitors who have symptoms of any illness will be sensitive to the health of others around them and avoid visiting patients who are hospitalized. Because patients already have weakened defenses, when someone from the outside brings the flu in, it can make patient illnesses significantly worse. We are asking that if you are not healthy, no matter your age, to not come to the hospital to visit others. Please stay home.”
Flu symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, or sore throat.
The simplest method of avoiding the spread of infection is frequent hand washing, preferably with antibacterial soap from a sanitary dispenser. Other things that will help are:
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to elude spreading germs
If you are sick, do not go in to work or school
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (If you lack a tissue or handkerchief, use the sleeve of your shirt or blouse)
Wash your hands again and often
Get an influenza vaccination
This restriction will remain in effect until further notice.
Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.