EAST LIVERPOOL - In order to protect patients and families from being exposed to the flu, East Liverpool City Hospital has taken steps to reduce the potential for infecting others.
Hand sanitizer is available at every public entrance into the hospital, patients are given masks when presenting flu-like symptoms during registration at the emergency room and 89 percent of ELCH employees have received a flu shot.
Hospital officials encourage people with milder flu symptoms to not come to the emergency room for care. Typical flu symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.
However, should you experience the symptoms below, you should be brought to your local
hospital's emergency room:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and worse cough
- Fast breathing or troubled breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
In infants: In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
- Being unable to eat
- Has trouble breathing
- Has no tears when crying
- Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
Many of these symptoms are associated with dehydration and pneumonia. Information about the symptoms for the flu and when you should come to the emergency room were pulled from the Centers for Disease Control website regarding seasonal flu.
For more information, contact ELCH at 330-385-7200 or visit the website at www.elch.org