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For the Protection of Our Patients

MultiCare Health System has a plan in place to protect patients, staff and visitors from the spread of flu viruses. We ask for your cooperation in helping us keep everyone in the hospital safe.

For Some Areas, Visitors Will Be Screened

Beginning December 15 each year (possibly sooner if there is an earlier onset of flu in the community) daily wellness screening will be done for family and visitors entering our OB, Pediatric and High-Risk Nursery areas (NICU, ICN, SCN):

  • Family and visitors who have symptoms of illness will be asked not to visit.
  • In the NICU, ICN, SCN, children under age 14 will be asked not to visit.

Screenings may be put into place in other areas, if necessary, in order to protect our sickest patients. Of course, we encourage anyone with signs and symptoms of colds or flu to avoid visiting any patient care area in our hospitals, if possible.

If an ill visitor is essential to the well-being of the patient, such as a parent or caregiver, they will be asked to wear a mask during their visit.

Flu Symptoms

If you have these symptoms, or you have been around someone with these symptoms in the past seven days, we ask that you not visit any patient care areas, for the protection of our patients and staff.

  • Fever above 100.4 degrees
  • Muscle aches or extreme fatigue
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

MultiCare keeps a close watch on Influenza viruses in our community every year. For the protection of our patients, visitors and employees, our visitation guidelines may change depending on the number of seasonal flu cases seen in the community at any given time. Some patient areas may need to establish stricter guidelines to protect especially sick or vulnerable patients.

Help Stop the Spread of Germs

  • To prevent the spread of germs, visitors should use the hand sanitation dispensers before entering patient rooms.
  • If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose.
  • If you or someone close to you has been ill recently, please do not visit patients in the hospital at this time.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our patients and staff safe. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change during the flu season.

To stay current on the latest information, call:

  • Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital: 253-403-1400
  • MultiCare Allenmore Hospital: 253-459-6633
  • MultiCare Auburn Medical Center: 253-833-7711
  • MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital: 253-697-4000
  • MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital: 253-403-1000

Para la Protección de Nuestros Pacientes

Con el fin de limitar la propagación de enfermedades contagiosas, todo aquel que presente cualquiera de los síntomas que se indican a continuación no debe visitar las áreas de atención de pacientes:

  • Fiebre sobre 38 °C (100,4 °F)
  • Tos
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Dolor muscular o fatiga extrema
  • Escalofríos
  • Vómitos, náuseas o diarrea

Los niños pequeños tienen una especial probabilidad de enfermarse de gripe y otras enfermedades, y
aunque pueden pasar varios días hasta que presenten síntomas, pueden pasar fácilmente el virus a otros, incluidos nuestros pacientes más vulnerables. Teniendo esto en cuenta, se implementarán las siguientes pautas para proteger a nuestros pacientes pediátricos y recién nacidos, además de las pautas ya establecidas para visitas que tenga la unidad:

A contar del 15 de diciembre (posiblemente antes si la gripe comienza antes en la comunidad), se realizarán exámenes generales para las familias y las visitas que ingresen a nuestras áreas de obstetricia, pediatría y las áreas de neonatología de alto riesgo (UCIN, CIN, SCN).

  • Se pedirá que los familiares y las visitas que presenten síntomas de enfermedad no realicen visitas.
  • En las zonas de UCIN, CIN y SCN, se pedirá que no haya visitas menores a 14 años.

La forma más eficaz de proteger a nuestros pacientes más vulnerables es limitar la cantidad total visitas
que entra y sale de la unidad, y asegurar que estas personas no presenten síntomas que pudieran representar una infección contagiosa.

Le agradecemos su ayuda para mantener la salud y seguridad de a nuestros pacientes, nuestras visitas y nuestro personal.

Para más información:

  • Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital: 253-403-1400
  • MultiCare Allenmore Hospital: 253-459-6633
  • MultiCare Auburn Medical Center: 253-833-7711
  • MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital: 253-697-4000
  • MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital: 253-403-1000