MRSA infection prompts visitor restrictions at Unit 8 at QEH

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Unit 8 has visitor restrictions in place after a high number of MRSA cases.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is reporting that a higher than usual number of patients on Unit 8 have tested positive for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and visitor limitations have been put in place on the nursing unit.

Patients testing positive for MRSA are being placed on isolation precautions and staff have heightened infection control measures that includes enhanced cleaning.

Effective immediately, visitation on Unit 8 is being limited with the following precautions in place, until further notice:

• Immediate family members only;

• Only two visitors at one time per patient (this includes children);

• Visits should be kept brief (15 minutes);

• Follow general visiting hours.

A Health P.E.I. news release says it’s extremely important that everyone coming to the hospital, including visitors and persons coming in for tests, X-rays or ambulatory procedures clean their hands before and after entering a patient’s room, a department, and upon entering and leaving the facility. Alcohol hand rinse stations are available throughout the building for this purpose.

Organizations: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Health P.E.I.

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  • don
    February 15, 2014 - 23:14

    it is not safe to go to qeh from the past history of mrsa. lets see mrsa in 2008, 2010, 2013,2014. the only hospital on PEI. and who is to blame? ceo of qeh for not making sure the cleaning crew is doing the job time to pass out pink slips or is jobs more important the a life? come health PEI you are in charge of all hospitals some needs to lose a job.

  • Ian Anderson
    February 15, 2014 - 09:58

    Are the dirty mops and buckets still inside the front entrance to the left of the main desk! Someone go in there please and check and report back online here.

  • Tikhonov
    February 15, 2014 - 07:56

    There is a reason why staff in health care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, Etc, do not get tested for MRSA. There would be very limited staff remaining. As a health care worker, my opinion is that a high percentage of workers carry the infection as well.

  • Garth Staples
    February 14, 2014 - 18:27

    What is meant by "enhanced cleaning"? Are there not strict protocols in place at ALL times?