Porterville, CA l January 18, 2017
– Sierra View Medical Center will begin implementing Respiratory
Syncytial Virus (RSV) restrictions on Friday, January 20 to prevent the
spread of this virus to those who are more susceptible to it. Visitors
under the age of 13 will be restricted from any of SVMC’s acute
care units, as well as from our Distinct Part/ Skilled Nursing Facility,
for their own protection. This restriction will be in effect at the hospital
until the RSV season’s conclusion which is dependent on the number
of cases seen in the area. Since the season’s inception, the hospital
has seen an estimated 30 cases of RSV which has led to the visitor restrictions
in an effort to prevent more serious cases of the virus from spreading
in the area. However, children who require hospitalization will receive
normal care. Sierra View Medical Center is a family-centered hospital,
and as such, urges visitors to comply with this restriction until further
notice for the safety of visiting children and the well-being of patients,
other visitors, and community members alike.
What is RSV?
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common virus that causes cold symptoms
in adults and children. Though most healthy adults and children will experience
nothing more than an infection resembling a common cold, infants and children
with pre-existing medical conditions can experience severe and potentially
life-threatening complications from RSV.
How can it be treated?
Though there is no known cure for viruses like the common cold and RSV,
over-the-counter medicines are proven to be temporarily effective in suppressing
symptoms. However, you and your pediatrician are crucial partners in the
well-being of your child. If at any time you are unsure about his or her
condition, please call a health care professional immediately.
How can it be prevented?
RSV is spread through contact, much like the common cold, so keeping children
away from potentially contaminated areas is crucial. An infected person
sneezing or coughing can spread the virus through the air, and RSV can
also survive for several hours on surfaces like a desktop, doorknob or
The most effective way to prevent RSV is through continual and thorough
hand washing. Always wash with soap and water or disinfect with an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer before coming into contact with others. Remember to routinely
clean household surfaces to keep them as germ-free as possible. If possible,
try to avoid crowded places like malls and movie theaters, where the virus
can quickly spread from person to person. If you experience cold-like
symptoms, always use a tissue when coughing or sneezing, immediately dispose
of it properly, then wash your hands thoroughly to prevent spreading the
virus. Finally, remember to eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of rest
to help keep your immune system at full strength this season.