Did you know?
- Every time you cough, you send germs into the air at speeds faster than 100 mph!
What is infection control?
Infection control is doing everything possible to prevent the spread of infection among staff, patients, health care workers, and visitors.
Why is infection control important?
In a healthcare environment health care workers are in very close contact with patient and other care workers. Frequent contact is made between people who have an infection or can spread one, and people who can become easily infected. Also, some types of procedures can increase a patient’s risk of infection. Preventing infections is important to help patients recover quickly and stay as healthy as possible.
Who can get an infection?
Anyone can get an infection, but some people are at special risk because their immune systems are weak. Others are at risk because they have had a procedure that, while saving their life, may have increased their risk of infection.
What can you do to help?
- Ensure that healthcare staff are fully aware of any infections you may already have, particularly if you are being treated with antibiotics currently or very recently.
- Complete any recommended courses of antibiotics and do not expect antibiotic treatment for common viral conditions such as sore throats, colds and coughs.
- Be aware of your own handwashing practices and don't feel afraid to question medical and nursing staff whether they have washed their hands before examining you.
- Follow advice given with regard to wound dressings and handling of medical devices such as urinary catheters and intravenous catheters.
- Advise your friends and relatives that if they are ill, and particularly if they have diarrhoea, vomiting or flu not to visit the ward if possible.
- Attempt to limit the numbers of visitors at any given time and follow ward advice with regard to food, flowers and laundry.
- Try not to visit relatives/friends in hospital if you are currently or have recently been unwell, particularly with diarrhoea, vomiting or flu.
- Follow advice given in the hospital with regard to the numbers of visitors allowed at any given time.
- Follow advice given in the hospital with regard to food, flowers and laundry.
- Use alcohol gel/handwashing facilities provided for visitors use.
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