Please follow the directions about infection control posted throughout the hospital. Please ask a nurse for assistance when entering an isolation room or if you have any questions.
What is a contact precaution?
This is a cautionary practice used to prevent the spread of germs from one patient to another. Family and friends are still able to visit, but they are required to wash their hands before and after entering your room. They may also need to put on a gown and gloves before entering your room. It is best that visitors do not use patient washrooms, but instead use the public washrooms located on the unit. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your nurse.
Why should you clean your hands?
Although we might think that germs spread through the air, they are actually most often spread by contact between people’s unclean hands.
Germs can make you sick when they move from your unclean hands into your body through your mouth, nose, eyes and open wounds. One of the best ways to stop the spread of germs is to clean your hands by washing with soap and water or applying alcohol based hand rub.