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What’s Too Sick for School?

It’s a question parents face often during cold and flu season: when is your child too sick for school?

In this WLTX news story, Dr. Caroline Webber of Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, breaks down what to look for when deciding if your student needs a day at home.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell. But according to Dr. Webber, there are a few key clues. Learn more by watching the video below.

Dr. Webber breaks down the most important factors to keep in mind.

Q: What are signs that your child needs to stay home from school?
A: Fever: a child with a fever should not go to school. A fever is defined as a temperature above 100.4 degrees. Also, keep your child at home if you feel they’re not well enough to participate in class or they would be distracting to others because of coughing or blowing their nose constantly. And, don’t send them to school if they’re in pain.

Q: What if you have a hard time telling if your child is sick?
A: You know your child the best. If they’re not obviously sick with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, consider if they will be at their best at school.

Q: When can they go back?
A: Once your child is free of a fever for 24 hours, they would not be considered contagious. If they’re diagnosed with bacterial infection and taking antibiotics, they can go back to school 24 hours after they begin taking the antibiotics. They’re also considered well enough for school 24 hours after vomiting.

Here We Grow! Lexington Medical Center Breaks Ground on Clinical Expansion

Lexington Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. on the hospital campus in West Columbia to celebrate a significant clinical expansion that’s about to begin. Lexington Medical Center is building a 545,000-sq-ft patient care tower that will make Lexington Medical Center the most modern, state-of-the-art hospital in South Carolina.
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The 10-story tower will initially add 71 inpatient beds to the 414-bed hospital with the ability to accommodate more patients in the future. It will feature patient rooms, operating rooms, educational space for staff and community members, and enhanced dining options, as well as expand the hospital’s Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby departments.

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“Our medical staff, employees and volunteers understand and embrace the belief that Lexington Medical Center is here to serve our friends and neighbors. The hospital is woven into the fabric of Lexington County and the Midlands,” said Tod Augsburger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “This clinical expansion will allow us to take care of our community for many years to come.”

Lexington Medical Center is one of the busiest surgical hospitals in South Carolina, performing more than 19,000 surgeries last year. The clinical expansion will include eight additional operating rooms for a total of 31 operating rooms, and an expanded surgical recovery area. Six floors of the new tower will accommodate medical, critical care and surgical patients.

Welcoming more than 3,700 babies each year, the clinical expansion will become home to the hospital’s Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby departments. In the Special Care Nursery, the hospital’s tiniest patients will have private rooms, which is an innovative concept in the Midlands. Research has shown that private rooms provide more bonding opportunities for mothers and their babies, lead to better outcomes for babies’ growth and lower infection rates.

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Because of the growth of the hospital and its network of care, the expansion will also include Lexington Medical Center’s Pharmacy department, which provides services for the hospital’s inpatient departments, six community medical and urgent care centers, and nearly 60 physician practices in 70 locations.

A new parking garage will add more than 950 parking spaces to the hospital’s campus and a central energy plant will support the service needs of the new tower.
The expansion is expected to be complete in 2019.