Accessibility Statement

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. To do so, we are actively working with consultants to update the website by increasing its accessibility and usability by persons who use assistive technologies such as automated tools, keyboard-only navigation, and screen readers.

We are working to have the website conform to the relevant standards of the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board, as well as the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These standards and guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. We believe that conformance with these standards and guidelines will help make the website more user friendly for all people.

Our efforts are ongoing. While we strive to have the website adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage, please contact WebsiteAccess@tenethealth.com so that we may be of assistance.

Thank you. We hope you enjoy using our website.

Skip to Main Content

DMC Infection Control Precautions for Flu

  1. Use STANDARD and DROPLET precautions for routine medical care of patients with confirmed or probable influenza, or influenza-like illness.
    • Standard precautions include hand hygiene. When contact with body fluids is anticipated, a gown, gloves and eye protection should be worn.
    • Droplet precautions include wearing a surgical mask during direct patient care activities (upon room entry and/or within six feet of the patient)
    • Isolation can be discontinued in patients with suspected influenza, if influenza PCR testing is negative and there is a low level of clinical suspicion and/or an alternative diagnosis.
    • Isolation can be discontinued in patients with confirmed influenza after seven days of symptoms onset, if symptoms have resolved or until 24 hours following resolution of fever and respiratory symptoms, whichever is longer. In immunocompromised patients, isolation should be maintained for the duration of illness, based on clinical judgment and infection control recommendations.
  2. If a patient is outside of his room, s/he must wear a surgical mask.
  3. Aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., bronchoscopy, intubation and extubation, deep open tracheal suctioning, chest physiotherapy, CPR, etc.)
    • Should be performed, in a negative pressure airborne infection isolation room.
    • Disposable fit-tested N95 respirators and eye protection (goggles or face shield) should be worn by health care personnel performing these procedures.
    • Perform environmental surface cleaning following the procedure
  4. N95 masks require fit testing. If you have not been fit tested within the past year and feel that you will need an N95 mask for aerosol-generating procedures please contact Occupational Health. N95 masks cannot be used with beards, and bearded healthcare workers might need to consider shaving, if necessary for safe patient care.