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HSHS St. Anthony Hospital’s Visitor Guidelines To Change November 2

As our communities across Illinois are experiencing much higher rates in COVID-19 cases, we are modifying our current visitor restrictions for HSHS Illinois Hospitals in the best interest of our patients and colleagues. The following changes will go into effect on Monday, November 2 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.

There will be no visitors allowed to our inpatient units, except for:

  • Women and Infants Center patients may have ONE support person and ONE doula as a part of their care team.
  • Pediatric inpatients under the age of 18 may have TWO parents or guardians present.
  • All patients nearing end-of-life will have special arrangements made on a case-by-case basis.

Emergency department adult patients may have ONE approved support person with the patient for their duration in the emergency department. If the adult patient becomes admitted, inpatient restrictions would apply, and no visitors will be allowed. COVID-19 positives or persons under investigation (PUI) would not have visitors unless special circumstances are necessary.

Emergency department pediatric patients may have TWO parents or guardians present for their duration in the emergency department.

For outpatient appointments and/or procedures, including pediatric patients, ONE approved adult support person may be with the patient for the duration of their procedure or clinical visit. If the patient becomes admitted, inpatient restrictions would apply, and no visitors will be allowed.

“We understand this no-visitor restriction is extremely difficult, especially for those who have loved ones in the hospital with severe health issues,” said Dr. Gurpreet Mander, HSHS Illinois chief physician executive. “But along with many other hospitals across the nation, we are taking this step to keep our patients, colleagues and community as safe as possible.”

Approved visitors must be over the age of 18 and will continue to be screened upon entering the facility for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.

Family members and loved ones should provide nursing staff with their contact information and may call the hospital’s main number at (217) 342-2121 to check on their loved ones.

Information from HSHS St. Anthony’s Hospital

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Managing Stress During a Pandemic

In navigating the evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it’s important that people are mindful of their stress levels given all the changes being experienced.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Andrea Cutler, APRN, from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic shares the below tips to help:

Read News from Trustworthy News Sources
Avoid media outlets that build hype and focus on things that can’t be controlled. Focus on media that gives you accurate and reliable information. Stay informed about the illness but also expose yourself to positive and uplifting media stories.

Set Limits on Your Media Consumption
Avoid having television, radio or other media run continuously in the background. Schedule specific times to check in on the news and set limits on how long you watch or consume news.

Avoid the Herd Mentality
Be mindful of and limit conversation with alarmists or people who are very anxious. Anxiety can be contagious, and it is easy to become alarmed by something after hearing it from someone else. You may not have found it alarming, otherwise. Be mindful that each person’s experience and feelings can be different.

Create Routine and Structure in Your Daily Life
Many of us thrive with routine and predictability. Social distancing measures can change how we move about our community and may temporarily stop some of our routines. Create new routines and work to create a new normal. Set a schedule that incorporates dedicated time for trying new and different activities or doing something you used to enjoy.

  • If you find yourself home without work, create a new routine that ensures exercise, nutrition and enjoyable activities.
  • If you have children suddenly at home, make a schedule for school time, play time and free time.
  • If you are working from home, create a schedule that allows work and play.
  • Search online or social sites such as Pinterest for ideas and sample schedules.

Be flexible with yourself and others. The focus is to do the best we can, not be perfect.

Develop an Action Plan that Works for You and Your Family
Make decisions about what is right for you and your loved ones and focus on what you can control, as opposed to what you can’t control.

Cutler shared, “It is ok to allow for things to be different, and less than perfect. We can instead strive to create a plan and routine that is good enough. Adopting a ‘dare-to-be-average’ mind-set will allow for some personal forgiveness as you and your family navigate changes. Ask yourself, did schoolwork get done? Did work get done? Did you engage in self-care? The answer to these questions should be, ‘Yes, as best as I could today.’”

Engage in Self-Care Activities

  • Ensure you are getting enough rest, eating a balanced diet and getting routine exercise.
  • Take time for hobbies or interests you previously enjoyed but didn’t have time to do.
  • Employ the use of calming, centering and meditative skills. There are a lot of free meditative, and relaxation apps available to walk you through several exercises to help calm and center yourself.

Connect With Others
There are ways that that you can practice social distancing without becoming emotionally distant from others.  To stay connected with others, you can:

  • Send someone a handwritten note.
  • Call, text, or video chat with family and friends and family on a frequent basis.
  • Use various social media platforms to connect with others.

Seek Professional Help When Needed
Cutler said, “If your mental health is being impacted by the stress of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please reach out to your primary care physician who can help connect you with therapy resources. Many things are changing in the field of mental health and telemedicine or phone visits may be an option.”

Article from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

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HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Shares Important Message During COVID-19 Pandemic: Don’t Delay Emergency Care

Heart attacks, strokes, accidents and injuries: These are just a few examples of medical emergencies that can occur at any time, in any place and to any one – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham reminds all area communities it is open and available to provide all types of emergency medical care, 24/7, regardless of the current public health crisis.

recent report from the American College of Emergency Physicians states some emergency departments across the country are seeing a reduction in patient volumes, as well as patients delaying seeking medical care for non-COVID-19 related emergencies – potentially due to patients being concerned about contracting COVID-19 during a hospital visit or overwhelming health care workers.

“We urge our community members to never forgo or delay seeking medical care for any type of emergency, even in the midst of a pandemic,” says Dr. Alex You, emergency medicine physician and medical director of St. Anthony’s emergency department. “We have highly-skilled, compassionate providers ready to care for you and protocols in place to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.”

The following are some examples of symptoms/incidents in which a trip to the emergency department or call to 911 would be necessary:

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Sudden confusion
  • Injury due to accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wounds or other serious injuries
  • Choking
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Head or spine injury

Article from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

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Reminder: Viruses don’t disappear outdoors

It’s an exciting time in southern Illinois as the forecast predicts a warm weather ahead, but health officials are reminding communities that COVID-19 and other viruses do not take a break during nice weather.

Some state parks opened today and the HSHS southern Illinois hospitals of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland, and HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville encourage park-goers to allow for social distancing even outdoors.

Fresh air is good for the soul, but please make sure to enjoy the outdoors safely – either alone or with people from your household. Continue to stay more than six feet away from others for your safety and theirs. It is also a good idea to bring hand sanitizer with you during outings since soap and water may not be accessible everywhere.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months, however there is no evidence to determine if that also applies to COVID-19. Regardless, the CDC recommends proactive outdoor safety measures during this uncertain time.

Because parks are expected to be busier this weekend, it’s also recommended by the CDC that you bring a cloth face covering in the event you are near others outside of your household.

Article from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital