Flu Season Hits Hard but Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Fights Back With Outstanding Care
ELMHURST – Never in the past decade has the flu season started this early according to the Center for Disease Control. This year, the flu is causing many people to visit their local emergency rooms.
This season, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) has already documented nearly 400 flu cases. On Dec. 26, EMH’s emergency room staff cared for more than 214 patients in a 24-hour period, many of them with flu-like symptoms. While some hospitals had to go on bypass, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital is taking steps to ensure that patients experiencing symptoms of the flu are given the care they need.
“To ensure that we are well-prepared to serve our patients, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital decided to open one of our flexible inpatient areas and will begin admitting patients to that unit this afternoon,” said Pam Dunley, VP of Hospital Operations and Chief Nursing Officer for Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. “All our departments are currently focusing their efforts on preparing these extra rooms to accommodate additional patients as necessary.”
Washing your hands and getting an annual flu shot are some of the best ways to avoid the flu.