For Your Safety
Be Involved in your Care
To optimize results for a speedy recovery, and safely, play an active part in
your health care.
Wash your Hands
Hand washing is the most important way to protect against infection in the
- Each person who comes into your room must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer
to eliminate germs.
- Hand hygiene is essential to good infection control. To properly wash hands,
lather with soap; rub hands vigorously for 15 seconds and rinse thoroughly.
- If a caregiver enters a patient room and does not wash his or her hands, say
something. Hand washing must always be the first and last step of your care,
even if gloves are worn.
- You should wash your hands:
- When you enter the hospital.
- After you touch any body fluid.
- Before and after eating and drinking.
- After you use the bathroom, sneeze, cough or blow your nose.
- As you’re leaving the hospital and once you return home.
- Please use public restrooms or hand sanitizers mounted throughout the hospital
to wash your hands. Put a dime size amount of sanitizer in the palm of your hand
and rub hands together briskly until dry. Please note that patient bathrooms are
for patient use only.
Help Us Control Infection
For your well being and that of our patients, do not visit the hospital if you
have a cold, the flu, a stomach virus, a fever or a rash. The viruses or
bacteria that can cause these symptoms are usually very contagious and can
- If you see an infection control sign posted on the room of a patient, please follow those guidelines.
- For any questions and or concerns regarding infection control, please do not hesitate to call extension