Long-Term Care: Influenza
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Webex Recording: 2019-2020 Influenza Update for LTC and Assisted Living Partners (1 hour 2 minutes)
Recorded on Jan. 7, 2020
Karen Martin, MPH; Mary Ellen Bennett, MPH, RN, CIC; Jennifer Heath, DNP, MPH, RN; Michelle Dittrich, MPH
Updated Jan. 15, 2020
What if the Ombudsman disagrees with limiting visitors?
If the Ombudsman disagrees with limiting visitors, have a discussion regarding the risks and benefits of the limitation of visitors. Develop a compromise plan and assure that visitors know the importance of hand hygiene and are aware that they should not visit if they are ill.
Assuming a medically stable resident, how recent should a creatine be done?
This would be a decision made by the health care provider seeing the patient/resident.
At what point do you recommend restriction of visitors in hospitals? We have had a lot of positive influenza come through our ER. At what point should we restrict visitors in the hospital, or in our long-term care center that is attached?
The facility should determine this based on their specific population. When the levels are high, the facility may feel that they need to take the additional step of limiting visitors to specific units or the entire facility. It may be helpful to coordinate with nearby facilities on visiting restrictions so that the public sees a consistent message and practice.
When can staff return to work after having influenza? What is the recommended guidance on this?
Monitor staff absenteeism due to respiratory symptoms and exclude those with influenza-like symptoms from work until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever and feel well enough to perform their assigned duties. Those with ongoing respiratory symptoms should be considered for evaluation by occupational health to determine appropriateness of contact with patients.
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- Interim Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Facilities (PDF)
Tip sheet for LTC facilities on managing an influenza outbreak. Full guidance from CDC can be found on Interim Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Facilities.
- LTC Facility Influenza and RSV Report Form 2020-21
Online form to report influenza and RSV outbreaks to MDH.
- Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Line List for Long-Term Care Facilities (PDF)
Two-page form to help you collect data on each resident with ILI. This form does not need to be submitted to MDH.
- Long-term Care Facility Visitor Management Guidelines while Influenza is Circulating in the Community
Guidelines for all visitors as well as those visiting ill residents.
- Influenza Vaccine Information for Health Professionals
Get the latest information on the flu vaccine.
- Influenza-like Illness in Elderly Persons
Elderly persons may not present the same symptoms when they have influenza-like illness.