During flu season, the risk of getting sick in the medical institution increases, said the Head of Infection Surveillance Service, Infectologist, Hepatologist Maris Liepiņš, Hospital of the Eastern Clinical University of Riga (RAKUS).
He stressed that patients with influenza can develop acute or aggravated chronic heart or neurological diseases that will lead to hospitalization. "These patients can serve as a source of flu for other patients who are already in the hospital with chronic exacerbations: cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, oncological diseases, central nervous system, kidney and liver diseases," explained the doctor.
During the influenza epidemic, RAKUS hospitals also identified restrictions on patient visits. For this reason, visitors should take into account the limitations of visiting the "Gaiļezers" and "Biķernieki" for hospitalized patients, the Latvian Oncology Center, the Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Center, as well as the Latvian Infectious Disease Center. .
RAKUS reported that the restrictions imposed mean that visiting family members in hospital rooms is only possible in special cases, after agreement with department staff. At the same time, whenever possible, the hospital requests the postponement of meetings with hospitalized patients.
Especially, RAKUS wishes to address patients who are scheduled to undergo scheduled surgery in the near future. To protect themselves from possible complications, hospital doctors are invited to discuss with their doctors the possibility of postponing the planned operation until the end of the influenza epidemic, as well as to discuss the possibility of vaccination against influenza, if it is still possible. It is not performed.
The hospital emphasizes that people with some signs of upper respiratory disease will not be admitted categorically in the rooms.
According to the information provided by RAKUS, on average, 10 patients with moderate to severe condition are hospitalized at the Latvian Infectious Disease Center every day. Today, January 16, 44 patients in the hospital receive treatment for influenza, 24 of which are influenza-induced pneumonia. In general, 128 patients are treated in the hospital for acute infectious diseases.
LETA already announced that last week the number of patients with influenza in Valmiera reached the threshold of the epidemic, so the start of the flu epidemic in Latvia was announced on January 15, SPCC reported.
On average, the intensity of influenza in Latvia has reached 52.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Influenza this year has already plundered the lives of two people in Latvia.
Influenza patients hospitalized last week were informed by hospitals in Riga, Jelgava, Liepaja, Rezekne, Ventspils and Jekabpils, where 113 patients were hospitalized, of which 33 patients with influenza-induced pneumonia. Since the beginning of the flu season, a total of 428 hospitalized patients have been reported, including 72 in cases of influenza pneumonia.
As indicated by the SPCC, older people with chronic influenza and chronic diseases: cardiovascular, lung and kidney diseases, diabetes, cancer patients, patients with chronic infections and people with weakened immune status are the most affected. Influenza is particularly dangerous for young children and pregnant women.
If you suspect that you have the flu, first, people are asked to talk to their doctor by phone to talk about the best solution to get help. In an acute case, you can go to your family doctor for the so-called "acute hour" at the time of patient enrollment. In rural areas, on the other hand, residents can also call sub-points.
Outside the working hours of family doctors, medical advice can be obtained by calling the doctor's office of family doctors 66016001, available weekdays from 17 to 8, and weekends 24 hours a day. People are also asked to contact telephone specialists in case of doubt about the urgency of assistance.
In the cities of Latvia, medical assistance financed by the state can be obtained from on-call doctors who provide medical advice within the competence of a family doctor. The duty doctor also has the right to open a disability brochure and prescribe a prescription. Meanwhile, outside Riga and the big cities, residents receive emergency medical assistance and hospitals.