Inpatient Care, Quality and Population Health

Update on 6 Dean Influenza A Cluster

On January 24, 2019, it was noted that there was a cluster of cases among our 6 Dean staff of influenza-like-illness. Out of an abundance of caution and to help prevent the further spread of Flu A, the following infection prevention measures have been implemented until further notice:

  1. Everyone entering the 6 Dean unit must wear a mask.
  2. All patients on 6 Dean are currently on preventative contact and droplet precautions. Everyone, including providers, staff and visitors, must wear a mask, gloves, and gown before entering a patient room. Hand hygiene is required before entering and after leaving a patient’s room.
  3. 6 Dean is currently closed to new admissions except for patients with confirmed influenza.
  4. Specific staff who have had documented contact with flu-positive patients associated with the 6 Dean outbreak have been contacted by Employee Health. As per recommendations made in consultation with our infectious disease specialists and the NJ DOH, these staff members have been offered Tamiflu prophylaxis. They are also required to wear a mask when on hospital property for a defined incubation period determined by their exposure date.  

Additionally:

  • The number of hand sanitizer stations has been increased on hospital property and 6 Dean.
  • Our infection prevention team has increased back to basics educational efforts on 6 Dean and throughout the hospital emphasizing respiratory and hand hygiene. 
  • Any employee, provider, or volunteer who is sick or has flu-like symptoms is not to report to work. All employees with diagnosed influenza should not return to work until at least 7 days from onset of symptoms. 

Physicians are encouraged to be role models for infection prevention and control. As a reminder, all Englewood Health employees and providers who access any EH-owned/leased property at any time during the influenza season or who will provide any service to patients on behalf of any EH entity will either:

  • accept the influenza vaccine
  • provide an attestation that the influenza vaccination was received elsewhere
  • or decline the influenza vaccine and wear a mask.

The duration of the influenza season is usually defined as November 1st through March 31st in any given year.  Flu vaccination documentation can be sent to Employee Health via email to pat.brigley@ehmchealth.org or fax 201-541-3400.