Local Hospitals Take Steps to Stop Flu (MyFoxDC.com)
First posted on 04/28/2009
By ROBY CHAVEZ/myfoxdc
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Local hospitals are on alert with the swine flu scare. Most are taking precautions and identifying patients with possible symptoms even before they enter the hospital.
There are some new flu cases, but so far, no swine flu cases have been reported in Maryland, the District of Columbia or Virginia.
New flu patients are being tested and are asked to wear surgical masks to contain any spread.
At area emergency rooms, like Sibley Hospital, doctors say concern over the swine flu grew all day on Monday.
Dr. Jennifer Abele works in the emergency room at Sibley Hospital.
"We have a lot of international travelers in this community," said Dr. Abele. "We've received a lot of calls, inquiries and patients coming in for testing."
As of Monday, patients in the emergency room were greeted with a sign at the front door, hand sanitizer and even surgical masks. For hospitals, it's an important precaution.
"We have masks out in front of the entrance to triage area and we ask anyone with symptoms that resemble the flu to put a mask on and sanitize hands before they enter," said Dr. Abele.
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