Duke restricts patient visits to stop spread of flu
Posted December 30, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Duke University Health System announced Monday that patient visits will be restricted in order to help stop the spread of influenza at its facilities.
Effective Dec. 30, patients may have no more than two adult visitors at a time, and visitors under 18 are not allowed without prior approval from health care providers. Visitors are also encouraged to wash their hands frequently. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home.
The restrictions, which are similar to ones put in place this time last year, affect Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, the Duke Ambulatory Surgical Center and the James E. Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center.
There have been eight flu-related deaths in North Carolina this year, according to state officials. Seven of those patients had not received the flu vaccine.