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Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Institutes Temporary Changes to Visitation Policy

Update as of March 25, 2014: We have lifted the temporary visitation limitations at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. We will continue to monitor the influenza-like cases reported, but do not anticipate the need to activate visitation limitations again this season.

FALLS CHURCH, VA – (January 14, 2014) – Due to increased flu-like illness activity Inova Fair Oaks has instituted temporary changes to their visitation policy effective January 14, 2014.

These temporary measures apply to all visitors until further notice:

  • No visitors under the age of 16
  • No visitors with any symptoms of influenza-like illness
    • Limit of two visitors at a time for each patient
    • Visitors may be issued masks for use while visiting and asked to wash hands frequently
    • For Women’s and Children’s, Adult Critical Care, and Oncology patients additional measures may apply
    • A patient care companion is not a visitor, and is allowed to stay with the patient

“These temporary measures will help protect against influenza infection of the most vulnerable among us, including inpatients with compromised immune systems as well as our caregivers,” observed Loring Flint, MD, Inova’s Chief Medical Officer. “We appreciate everyone’s consideration and cooperation as we work together to assure the health and safety of our community during flu season.

If and when Inova Alexandria, Inova Fairfax, Inova Loudoun and Inova Mount Vernon hospitals experience the same increase in flu-like illness activity, they will also implement temporary visitation measures.

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  1. InovaNewsroom on February 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Comment on behalf of Inova – February 18, 2014 – Due to a decrease in flu cases, Inova Alexandria Hospital’s flu visitation restrictions have been lifted. We are now back to our normal visitation policy.

    – Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    – Patient visitation is limited to two visitors per patient excluding the Patient Care Companion
    – Children under 12 may be allowed to visit if they are healthy and related to the patient (child, grandchild or sibling). Children must be supervised by an adult other than the patient.

    Critical care
    – Visitors to the adult critical care units other are restricted to the following times:
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    3 – 5 p.m.
    8 – 9:30 p.m.

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