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Webex Recording: 2019-2020 Influenza Update for LTC and Assisted Living Partners (1 hour 2 minutes)
Recorded on Jan. 7, 2020
Karen Martin, MPH; Mary Ellen Bennett, MPH, RN, CIC; Jennifer Heath, DNP, MPH, RN; Michelle Dittrich, MPH

Updated Jan. 15, 2020

What if the Ombudsman disagrees with limiting visitors?
If the Ombudsman disagrees with limiting visitors, have a discussion regarding the risks and benefits of the limitation of visitors. Develop a compromise plan and assure that visitors know the importance of hand hygiene and are aware that they should not visit if they are ill.

Assuming a medically stable resident, how recent should a creatine be done?
This would be a decision made by the health care provider seeing the patient/resident.

At what point do you recommend restriction of visitors in hospitals? We have had a lot of positive influenza come through our ER. At what point should we restrict visitors in the hospital, or in our long-term care center that is attached?
The facility should determine this based on their specific population. When the levels are high, the facility may feel that they need to take the additional step of limiting visitors to specific units or the entire facility. It may be helpful to coordinate with nearby facilities on visiting restrictions so that the public sees a consistent message and practice.

When can staff return to work after having influenza? What is the recommended guidance on this?
Monitor staff absenteeism due to respiratory symptoms and exclude those with influenza-like symptoms from work until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever and feel well enough to perform their assigned duties. Those with ongoing respiratory symptoms should be considered for evaluation by occupational health to determine appropriateness of contact with patients.

I have questions about MIIC. Who should I contact?
Please email health.miichelp@state.mn.us with any questions about MIIC.

Are handouts of this presentation available? Is there a printed copy of the webinar? Can we get a copy of this webinar?
Links to the Webex recording and an accessible PDF of the presentation are provided above. To obtain this information in a different format, please email health.flu@state.mn.us.

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