Yuma Regional Medical Center Changes Visitor Guidelines During Flu Season
(January 22, 2014 – Yuma, AZ) Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is currently experiencing high patient volumes. This is a typical situation in January and February as it is peak flu season and Yuma sees an influx in population from winter visitors during these months. To protect patients, families and staff from unnecessary exposure to the flu virus, YRMC is changing its guidelines to affect those visiting patients during flu season. Effective immediately people under the age of 18 will not be permitted in patient care and waiting areas during flu season. Visitors may be asked for identification. An exception will be made for anyone under 18 who is a patient's parent or for persons receiving services. YRMC is also asking that individuals over the age of 18 not to visit patients if they are experiencing:
Aches / pains
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Runny or stuffy nose
Feel as if you might have the flu
"Flu" refers to illness caused by a number of different influenza viruses including A, B, C and H1N1. It can cause a range of symptoms, such as the ones listed above, and effects range from mild to severe. Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at greater risk for serious complications. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease), and persons who live in facilities like nursing homes.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, Yuma Regional Medical Center advises you avoid visiting the Emergency Room and encourages the use of PrimeCare Urgent Care, your primary care physician or Yuma Regional Outpatient Clinic, located at 2261 S. Ave B, Tuscany Plaza. The PrimeCare Valley Pediatric Clinic, specializing in urgent care for children, is located at 2377 S. 22nd Ave. Office hours are Monday-Friday 5-11pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am-3pm. Or call the Yuma Regional Care Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week for nurse advice, help finding a doctor or for answers to any health-related questions. 928-336-CARE (2273).
The best way to prevent the flu from spreading is to practice good hand hygiene; wash your hands with clean, running water and apply soap. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds and then rinse well under running water and dry with a clean towel or air dry them. If you already have the flu, the best prevention is to stay home.