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The Laurentius hospital in Roermond has taken new steps to deal with a possible flu outbreak. A new bed protocol is in place and the hospital has acquired new equipment that makes it easier to see if someone has the flu or not.
The hospital takes action in response to last winter when the flu season lasted 18 weeks. As a result, a firm appeal was made to the hospital bed capacity.
Patients admitted with flu-like symptoms should be kept in isolation until it is clear whether they have the flu or not. That's why they get a single room in the first case. If they are all full, they will be placed in a larger room, but the bed next to them will be kept free.
When taking a smear of the throat or nasal mucosa, it is clear if someone has the flu. As the hospital bought a new device, it is now clear in an hour if someone has the flu virus. Previously, it took from 12 to 24 hours. With faster test results, beds can also be made available faster.
To prevent the flu virus from spreading, all employees can get a flu shot for free. That was last year still made by thirteen percent of employees, this year is twenty-four percent.