The gastrointestinal outbreak led staff at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops to stop taking patients to three units in the building.
Internal health said there was a gastrointestinal outbreak that affected 16 patients and 11 employees since Tuesday. In addition, an outbreak was reported in the Hillside Psychiatric Center, with 7 patients and 13 employees showing symptoms.
In accordance with the hospital outbreak care plan, patients do not allow patients on 4North, 5South and 7North – medical units that are experiencing an outbreak. Patients in those departments waiting to be admitted to long-term care facilities or assisted living facilities will not be transferred until the outbreak occurs.
IH Susan Duncan, a communications consultant, said that these three units have adult patients with different medical conditions at home, but they are not post-operative units.
Hillside continues to receive patients, Duncan said, noting that the new arrivals are taken to the center of the center.
She reported that the first reported sign of gastrointestinal incidence was reported on January 25, stating that an outbreak is declared when two or more patients are affected by this virus. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Duncan said the specimens were sent to the Center for Disease Control BC to identify the virus responsible for the disease.
Duncan said the gastrointestinal outbreak was not uncommon, because the situation in the hospital reflects what is happening in the community.
"We encourage people to practice hand hygiene," Duncan said. "Washing the hands often is the key to preventing the spread of the virus.
She said that each unit is treated individually, so that the focus can be declared to be completed in the spread times. The focus usually takes 96 hours, which includes two 48-hour incubation periods after the last case has been reported.
Duncan said the health office stressed that preventative measures could mean traffic congestion in the emergency room. The public is advised that waiting for a doctor may be longer than usual.
People with unmistakable illness should contact their family doctor or clinic. They can also stay at home and relax or consult with a health care provider by calling Healthlink BC in 811. However, anyone who feels needing emergency care should not hesitate to come to the hospital or call 911.
The Internal Health Service said the outbreak had not yet caused surgical abolition, but the situation was monitored.
Visitors are asked to stay at home if they do not feel well. Healthy people can visit but want to postpone the visit until the outbreak occurs. Labeling at the entrance to the affected units points out that the outbreak is taking place so people can take appropriate action.
Internal health says that home care, bathroom, often touching areas and common areas need to be improved. Employees on fire units were advised to wear dresses, gloves and face protection when working with patients.
As always, employees, patients and visitors are encouraged to often wash their hands.
Christopher Foulds, Kamloops This week
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