Brahm Segal, MD, Chief, Infectious Diseases and Kimberly Hinckley, RN, BSN, CIC, Senior Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator provide important information about cancer patients’ increased risk of developing various types of infections. To reduce the risks of epidemic, endemic and hospital-acquired infections, RPCI’s Infection Prevention and Control Department works closely with the Infectious Diseases Department, as well as with all other departments. This comprehensive and collaborative work protects both RPCI’s patient population, as well as its workforce.
The New York State Department of Health reports that there has been a widespread increase in reported cases of people diagnosed with Influenza A virus (2012-2013 Influenza Season). RPCI asks that you DO NOT visit patients if you have had flu-like symptoms within the last seven days, or if you currently have a fever greater than or equal to 100⁰ F (37⁰ C) with a cough and/or sore throat. Read more about RPCI’s Influenza Season Protocol.