Rates of influenza have risen enough statewide and locally that Pardee Hospital is asking that visitors be limited to a patient’s immediate family or closest contact. Visitors are also asked not to bring teenagers and children. Hospitals often discourage visitation for a time during the winter due to flu.
As always, people are discouraged from visiting if they feel ill or have any flu symptoms such as stuffy nose, headache, coughing and fever. Visitors are urged to wash or sanitize their hands before and after visiting patients and upon entering or leaving the hospital. Hand sanitizing stations and dispensers are available at hospital entrances and throughout the building.
As of Thursday, Pardee had seen three confirmed cases of influenza. These numbers are typical at this time of year. No cases of H1N1 have been confirmed locally as of Jan. 19. The number of flu cases is expected to peak in February.
You can take preventive actions everyday to stop the spread of germs.Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub, if soap and water are not available.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs can easily spread this way.Try to avoid close contact with sick people and if you are sick, avoid contact with others.You also can receive a preventative flu shot at Pardee Urgent Care. If you are sick with flu–like illness, you may want to go to see your doctor.
The snow at Pardee Hospital started at about 2 a.m. this morning and we have just about 4-5 inches from today’s storm so far.
The Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Tuesday as well. The Weather Service calls for more snow and some fog with a high near 26. Total daytime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
It is freezing out there, so be careful. Here is a photo of the front entrance as of 9:30 a.m.
The hospital is running like usual with essential medical staff. We are removing snow from walkways and parking spaces. You can even get valet parking today…like usual.
This is a news report from WLOS ABC 13, in Asheville, on a special surgery that Pardee Hospital is now performing.
Daniel Timmerman, D.O., a local surgeon, performed North Carolina’s first Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure, or TIF, at Pardee
Hospital. “The TIF procedure can significantly improve the quality of life for our patients,” said Dr. Timmerman. “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is an anatomical problem which needs an anatomical solution. Reflux medication can help to relieve patients" heartburn symptoms but don’t solve the underlying anatomical problems or prevent further disease progression.”
The TIF procedure is based on the established principles of surgical repair of the anti-reflux barrier, except that it is performed transorally (through the mouth). The procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent reflux. Because the procedure is
incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar.
For more information, call 698-0581