• Employee Health

    Temporary visitation rules to protect patients, employees against the flu

    To protect the health of the people we serve this flu season, UK HealthCare is making temporary changes to hospital visitation policies. These changes will be effective beginning Thursday, Feb. 16. Changes to our visitation rules include:

    • No visitors under the age of 12 (except in Bone Marrow Transplant where there should be no visitors under the age of 18).
    • No visitors with any flu-like symptoms.
    • Only two visitors in a patient’s room at a time.
    • Visitors may be given masks or other protective clothing for use when visiting.
    • Additional rules may be in place in special care units, such as women’s, children’s, critical care and oncology units.
    • Compassionate visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Employees with flu-like symptoms

    If you have respiratory symptoms such as cough, sneezing, runny nose or sore throat without fever, wear a facemask during patient care activities. If you have these symptoms AND a fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, advise your manager and do not report to work.

    If diagnosed with flu, do not return to work until you do not have a fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.

    For supervisors and managers

    So we can collect data for influenza and influenza-like illness, please utilize the form when reporting employee call-ins to Employee Health. Click here for the one-page call-in form »

    Please share this change in visitation status with patients and their family members, other visitors and your teams.

    Free employee flu shots

    If you have not already received vaccination against the flu, you can still do so by visiting Employee Health, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the first floor of the University Health Service Building.

    No appointment is necessary; wait times may vary. A UK HealthCare I.D. badge is required. It takes up to 14 days for this vaccination to be fully effective.

    Hand hygiene is key

    Remember, hand hygiene is the single most important thing we can do to prevent the spread of infections. Perform hand hygiene before entering and when exiting patient rooms. Use soap and water when leaving a C. Difficile isolation room. More tips for everyone on handwashing are available from the CDC.

    Unvaccinated employees

    Throughout this restriction, employees who have not received a flu shot this year must wear a mask upon entering any clinical facility for as long as they are in the facility.

    Flu is widespread in Kentucky

    The Kentucky Department of Public Health is reporting influenza as being widespread throughout the state. We have noted a steady increase in the number of our patients and team members reporting an influenza-like Illness.

    Ways to fend off the flu

    Here are ways to protect you, your coworkers and your patients from becoming infected with flu.

    1. Get a flu vaccine.

    • Although not 100% effective, it remains the most important measure to prevent seasonal flu infection.

    2. Adhere to respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.

    • If you have respiratory symptoms such as cough, sneezing, runny nose or sore throat without fever, you should wear a facemask during patient care activities.
    • Perform hand hygiene before and after each patient contact.
    • Patients that have respiratory symptoms should be advised to wear a mask while in waiting areas and during their care.

    3. Do not come to work when you are sick with the flu.

    • If you have respiratory symptoms AND fever (temperature > 100.4F) do not report to work.
    • If you develop respiratory symptoms AND fever while at work you should stop patient care activities, don a facemask and notify your supervisor.
    • If you are diagnosed with flu, you should not come back to work until you have been at least 24 hours without fever without the use of fever reducing medications.
    • For healthcare workers who care for severely immunocompromised patients (such as Bone Marrow and Solid Organ Transplants), you should not come to work, or you should be reassigned from caring for these patients until 7 days have passed from the onset of symptoms or until the resolution of all symptoms, whichever is longer.

    Resources

    UK HealthCare Infection Prevention & Control

    UK HealthCare Polices

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


    University Health Service (UHS)

    University Health Service provides health care for students and screening and immunizations for employees. The office is located at 830 South Limestone, near the Kentucky Clinic and the Wethington Building.

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    View or download the employee healthcare guide (PDF, 842 KB) »


    More information can be found at the  University Health Service Web site

    UHS Building 

    • Primary Care - Second floor
    • Gynecology - Second floor
    • Health Education - Second floor
    • Immunizations - Third floor
    • Internal Medicine Group - Third floor
    • Allergy - Second floor
    • Behavioral Health (psychiatry) - Fourth floor

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    Phone numbers

    • Appointments - 323-APPT (2778)  
    • Phone Information Nurse - 323-INFO (4636)  
    • University Health Service - 323-5823