Infection Control

Infection Control

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REDUCE THE SPREAD OF INFECTION

Everyone plays an important role in infection prevention, hospital staff, patients and visitors.

Help us prevent the spread of infection by following these guidelines

Clean hands are your best protection against infection. Clean your hands before you eat, after using the restroom, before and after changing wound dressings, and after contact with body fluids. You can clean your hands with soap and water or by using a hand sanitizer.

Follow these steps to ensure adequate cleaning of hands:

  • Wet hands with warm water and then apply soap. Rub your hands together vigorously for 15 seconds or longer. Get in between fingers and scrub wrist areas. Friction is necessary to rid your hands of germs. Rinse your hands and dry them. Use a clean paper towel to turn off the water faucet. Discard the paper towel in a trash can.
  • Waterless hand sanitizers are very effective for preventing the spread of infection–if you use enough to cover your hands and wrists well. After applying the sanitizer, it should take about 15 seconds to rub your hands dry.
  • Expect our staff to clean their hands before and after patient care. Remind them if they forget. It's OK to ask someone to clean their hands. Your health may depend on it.

Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm — not your hands! Before you cough or sneeze you should always turn away from other people. Discard used tissues in the trash and then clean your hands.

Ask family and friends not to visit if they’re sick. If they must visit, ask them to talk to nurse before entering the room. Protective items, such as a mask, may be required.

Make sure to eliminate germs when you go home by using disinfectants, such as sprays and wipes, to clean surfaces often. Some germs can live 3 days or longer on hard surfaces. That's why it's so important to disinfect surfaces like counter–tops, sinks, phones and TV remotes often.