The best way to help prevent infection during your stay is to wash your hands often and well. This also includes to anyone who comes to visit you including family and friends, nurses and doctors. It is ok to ask health care workers to wash their hands before providing your care.
Use soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub to keep your hands clean, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need assistance.
Always clean your hands and ask others to clean their hands:
when entering and leaving your hospital room.
before and after eating, touching food.
after using the bathroom, after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
Other ways to help prevent infections during your stay:
Please do not touch or fiddle with your bandages, dressings or drips. This includes family and friends.
Do not delay telling your nurse if your intravenous lines (drip), tubes, drains or wounds become red, swollen or painful.
Always ask staff if they have cleaned their hands – this is especially important before they touch your wound or intravenous drip. Our staff will not be offended if you ask.
Ask your family, friends or carers not to visit if they are unwell.
If you are prescribed antibiotics to take home with you, it is very important to complete the course as advised.