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RFAH limits visits to birth centers due to H1N1

Allina Hospitals & Clinics announced that it has placed limits on visitation to its hospital birth centers and pediatrics unit due the H1N1 virus.

Effective immediately, these new limitations have been placed on visitation to the birth center at the River Falls Area Hospital:

  • Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Visitors must sign in and be screened for influenza-like illness
  • Sibling visitors must be age 5 or older
  • Non-sibling visitors must be age 16 or older
  • Maximum of three visitors per patient at a time

    Visitors must follow strict hand-hygiene procedures by washing hands or using the antibacterial foam provide throughout Allina hospitals.

    "The health and safety of patients and employees is our top priority. The new visitor policy is designed to protect new mothers, pediatric patients and newborn babies from exposure to the H1N1 virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Department of Health, these are among those most vulnerable to the H1N1 flu," according to a hospital spokesperson.

    The new policy affects Allina's 10 general care hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis; United Hospital, St. Paul; Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids; Unity Hospital, Fridley; St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee; Cambridge Medical Center; Buffalo Hospital; Owatonna Hospital; New Ulm Medical Center; and River Falls Area Hospital.

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