Virtua responds to Swine Flu
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In response to the Swine Flu outbreak, the Virtua Emergency Management team has formulated guidelines for the protection and safety of its employees, patients and visitors. The information and findings are evolving and changing daily, and we will update you as necessary. Please check back for updates that may affect our response.
We have implemented the following precautions consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines which have been established to promote safety for employees, patients and the community:
Dr. Martin Topiel,
- There is precautionary signage in the ER waiting rooms and entrances as well as masks and tissues for patients and personnel to use.
- Patients at risk with flu-like symptoms who have recently traveled to Mexico are at risk and will be triaged immediately and brought to treatment areas in the ER. Patients from New Jersey with flu-like symptoms will be treated and triaged similarly.
- Segregated areas have been developed in the ER for those with respiratory symptoms in case of overflow.
- As a precaution, ER triage/registrars and ER "greeters" will wear surgical masks when first meeting patients.
- Patients who are suspected of having the virus will be isolated within the ER and staff is following airborne and contact precautions. Personnel will use N-95 masks.
- Hospitalized patients who are suspected of having the virus will be isolated with negative pressure and staff will adhere to airborne and contact precautions. Personnel will use N-95 respirator masks.
- Transport of patients with influenza-like illness or suspected disease throughout the hospital will be avoided. Consult Infection Prevention if transport is required.
- In compliance with recent New Jersey guidelines, only admitted inpatients with suspected virus should be tested.
- Visitors who have traveled to Mexico within the last seven days or those with flu-like symptoms are being asked to refrain from visiting unless it is critical; they need to contact Infection Control prior to any visit for approval.
- Employees, physicians, and independent licensed practitioners who visited Mexico within the last seven days are requested to contact the Infection Prevention Office at (609) 267-0700 x 44126.
Virtua Infection Control and Prevention Officer
Virtua Safety Director
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers almost 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare
, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and the Fox Chase Cancer Center
. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers
. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org