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    Family not tested after H1N1 exposure

    Posted: Sep 22, 2009 4:33 PM CDT
    Updated: Sep 22, 2009 5:06 PM CDT

    EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Relatives of 26-year-old Jennifer McGarrh contacted 14 News saying she was misdiagnosed several times before being told Monday she contracted H1N1.

    They say doctors had to deliver her baby early because of the virus. Now in critical condition at the ICU, family members want to know why they were told to leave and were told they could not be tested for Swine Flu at the hospital.

    St. Mary's officials say they can't talk in specifics about the case because of patient confidentiality but officials did confirm the patient does have Swine Flu.

    Dr. Michael Klueh with St. Mary's says the medical centers' policy states a maximum of two visitors are allowed to see a patient being treated for the H1N1 virus.

    Dr. Kleuh says about five extended family members that visited Jennifer were asked to leave, not because they displayed symptoms of the Swine Flu but because they had be exposed to the virus.

    A family member tells 14 News they asked to get tested for the virus and were told the hospital could not test them.

    "We would send them to their physician and actually the recommendation is to not test for H1N1 on every patient or everyone who has been exposed," Dr. John Gallagher from St. Mary's told our team. "But rather there are recommendations from the CDC and the state as far as prophylactic and giving them antiviral."

    Dr. Gallagher says he can't speak about individual patients but he says high risk patients like pregnant women who catch H11N1 are treated within 48 hours.

    http://www.14wfie.com/global/story.asp?s=11178540
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    Re: Family not tested after H1N1 exposure

    St. Mary's reacts to H1N1 patient

    Posted: Sep 22, 2009 6:12 PM CDT
    Updated: Sep 22, 2009 6:12 PM CDT


    EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

    Saint Mary's officials said they can't talk in specifics about the case of Jennifer McGarrh because of patient confidentiality, but officials did confirm the patient does have Swine Flu.

    When the doors open to Saint Mary's Medical Center, a new warning greets visitors.

    "If you have an individual or a visitor who has been exposed to seasonal flu who has a headache, who doesn't feel well, who has all the signs and symptoms, they should not come to the hospital," Michael Klueh, PhD with St. Mary's Medical Center said. "They should stay at home for the protection of the other visitors, patients, and staff."

    Doctor Michael Klueh with Saint Mary's said the medical centers' policy states a maximum of two visitors are allowed to see a patient being treated for the H1N1 virus.

    Dr. Klueh said about five extended family members that visited Jennifer Mcgarrh were asked to leave, not because they displayed symptoms of the Swine Flu, but because they had been exposed to the virus.

    "We did provide the mother and father of the patient with a room here in Evansville because they are from out of town," Klueh said.

    A family member said they asked to get tested for H1N1, and were told the hospital could not test them.

    "We would send them to their physician, and actually the recommendation is to not test for H1N1 on every patient, or everyone who has been exposed, but rather there are recommendations from the CDC, and the state as far as prophylactics and giving them antiviral," John Gallagher, MD with St. Mary's Medical Center said.

    While Doctor John Gallagher said he can't speak to individual patients, he said high-risk patients like pregnant women who catch H1N1 are treated within 48 hours.

    "Basically, the criteria for hospitalization would be the same for the flu as other illnesses," Gallagher said. "Does it require the skill and equipment we have to care for them?"

    Right now, McGarrh is listed in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

    Saint Mary's officials said there are five recent cases of H1N1: one in-patient and four out-patients.

    Of those four, three were children and one was a geriatric case.


    http://www.14wfie.com/Global/story.asp?S=11179379
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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