Doctors Medical Center has been closely monitoring the H1N1 outbreak in the United States, as we take the health and safety of our community, patients and employees very seriously. We are concerned over the recent cases and continue to collaborate and work with the Stanislaus County Public Health Department to identify potential H1N1 patients and to prevent the spread of the virus. DMC employees follow the recommended H1N1 guidelines put forth by the Calfiornia Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control. Patients arriving at DMC can expect special questions to be asked to determine if they are at risk for the virus (i.e. current or recent flu-like symptoms, recent exposure to virus, etc.). A physician determines if a H1N1 test is needed and patients at risk are placed in private rooms with special protective equipment requirements for staff and visitors. To further reduce the risk of spread, all non-patient visitors and employees are asked to refrain from entering the facility if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Instant hand antiseptic, protective masks, and informational flyers are available in primary patient lobbies at no cost to the public. The most important message for our community at this time is to be aware of the simple steps that you can take to reduce the spread of the virus.• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you do not have a tissue, cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbows or sleeves.• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • If you get sick, stay home from work or school and reduce the risk of infecting others.People experiencing symptoms should consult with their primary care physician. People experiencing severe symptoms should go to the nearest emergency room for treatment.
For more information on H1N1 call the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency Flu Hotline at (209) 558-8872 or visit the following websites: www.stanemergency.com for the most up to date local information, or www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.
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