We all play a role in preventing infections. Here’s how you can help:

If you are sick, avoid close contact with others

If you are sick with cold or flu symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose), unexplained gastrointestinal problems (i.e. upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea) or open wounds, sores or rashes, please avoid close contact with others and wash your hands frequently.

It is also important you do not go to common areas of the hospital such as the cafeteria or patient lounges where you may spread the infection to others.

If you are feeling sick, please visit when you are better.

Clean your hands frequently

Clean your hands frequently with soap and warm water or alcohol-based hand rub. Please use the yellow alcohol based hand rub stations throughout the hospital.

  • Clean your hands whenever you enter or leave a room.
  • For your own health, clean your hands before you eat or touch food, and after you use the bathroom.
  • Remind visitors to clean their hands.
  • If you haven't seen your care providers clean their hands, you're always welcome to remind them.
Cover up

Many diseases are spread through coughs and sneezes, so please cover your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of infection to others.

Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose. Throw away the used tissues immediately after and then clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow and then clean your hands.

Make sure your wounds or surgical sites are clean and protected. Don’t touch wounds, surgical sites or the coverings as it can promote the growth of bacteria.

Get immunized

Vaccines are a safe and an effective way to avoid getting sick and spreading an illness to others. Speak with your health provider and be sure to immunize, especially if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the hospital.

You’re welcome to contact our infection prevention and control department at 519-749-4300 extension 2480.