Protective isolation is set up to reduce exposure to germs that could cause an infection in patients. The unit is equipped with a special HEPA filtered positive air filtration system, which protects patients by minimizing their exposure to organisms. This allows patients to safely and freely move about the ward. The elevator areas are not HEPA filtered. Patients must wear a mask over their mouth and nose when they leave the unit for tests.
Upon admission all patients are put on room isolation for 48 hours. This is to protect the other patients in case a new patient develops respiratory symptoms (cold or flu symptoms). This simply means that for 48 hours the patient is not allowed to wander the halls of the unit and the door to the room must be kept shut. There will not be any restrictions on visitors.
While in Hospital
Occasionally a patient will develop respiratory symptoms, or other infection, requiring him/her to be placed on special isolation precautions. S/he will remain on isolation until the cause of the symptoms is determined. Staff and visitors will be required to wear masks and gloves, and in some circumstances gowns and goggles. The isolation procedures will be posted outside the patient room. All visitors are asked to follow the isolation requirements.