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Rise in flu cases leads to new visitation policy at CHS facilities

Carolinas Healthcare System has restricted its visitation policy in all its in-patient care facilities in the greater Charlotte area in response to heightened risk of influenza. 

Visitations by children younger than 12 years of age is restricted entry to all in-patient hospitals, while previously the restriction had only applied to neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. 
“We had been monitoring the flu situation for a while,” said Kevin McCarthy, communications staff member with Carolina HealthCare System. “And because it had started so quickly and we were starting to see so many cases a lot earlier than we usually do, we felt it was an appropriate step to take.”
In order to hinder the spread of flu further, CHS is also requesting that anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms not to visit anyone in the hospital. 
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By |January 17th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Column: “Your health record,” by Dr. Mike Richardson

Maintaining your own health history is very important. Insurance programs change, moves happen, doctors retire, medical needs arise when you are out of town. While you can always have your records transferred, it’s smart to have your own back up set of records for those times when information is needed in a hurry–or when you just didn’t take the time to request records from your previous doctor in a timely fashion.

There are a variety of internet based systems where you can plug in your data and access it as needed. Those require some trust on your part that the information will be held securely, and that you will have the proper device and/or printer to access it when you need it. I like plain old paper. Maybe you’ve got a fancier electronic version to my file cabinet at home. Whatever works for you. The important part is what’s in those files.

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By |October 19th, 2012|Around Town|0 Comments