Visitor Restrictions In Place On Maternal Child Units at Cape Breton Regional Hospital

Visits are being restricted to the Maternal Child units at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

The restrictions are in place because of an increase in cases of general respiratory illnesses among patients admitted to the hospital’s pediatric unit including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The restrictions cover the obstetrics department (including the mother baby and labour and delivery units), neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the pediatrics unit.

Only parents or grandparents without colds can visit and they must wash their hands before and after visits to the units.

Respiratory illnesses are easily spread by sneezing and coughing. Symptoms may include sneezing, coughing, fever, respiratory discomfort, congestion and general aches and pains.

“It’s not unusual to see an increase in respiratory activity during this time of year,” says Dr. Martin Abenheimer, Chief of Pediatrics. “We usually see a variety of seasonal illnesses like flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), colds and other respiratory illnesses. Some of these illnesses can be mild for adults but they can make children and babies very sick. That’s why it’s important for parents to do their best to keep their babies away from older children and adults with coughs and colds. That’s why it’s important for us as health care providers to limit the spread of illness by putting visitor restrictions in place and for everyone to wash their hands.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority appreciates the public’s cooperation while these visitor restrictions are in place.


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