BOUNTIFUL – With cold and flu season kicking into high gear, area hospitals have implemented measures to help protect patients, visitors and staff against the spread of respiratory illnesses.
Bountiful’s Lakeview Hospital, 630 E. Medical Drive, has cough stations available at every entrance. These stations have hand sanitizers and masks available. Visitors who may be suffering from a respiratory illness are also being asked to wear a mask.
“We have precautions in place,” said hospital spokeswoman Angie Brewster. All employees have received flu shots and are following the same requirements the hospital is asking of its visitors.
Davis Hospital and Medical Center, 1600 W. Antelope Drive, Layton,and McKay-Dee Hospital and Ogden Regional Medical Center, both in Ogden, are also asking visitors who feel ill to wear a mask.
They also are requesting that visitors wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.
Additional restrictions may be enforced in different areas of the hospitals, based on the patient population served, said McKay-Dee Hospital spokesman Chris Dallin.
Those who are ill are being asked to practice similar techniques at home to protect loved ones and community members from illness.