Preventing the Spread of Infection
Most infections can be prevented from being spread by using some basic
common sense and precautions, the most important of which is
handwashing. Healthcare workers at St. Mary's will often wear gloves, eyewear,
masks and body gowns when doing procedures to prevent body fluids from
getting on their hands and to protect the patient.
Our healthcare workers take these precautions even if the patient is not
contagious. It is important for patients and visitors to understand the
importance of infection control. You can help control the spread of infection
by following these simple precautions:
- Wash your hands before and after your visit to the hospital (this includes
right before and after leaving the patient room). For your convenience,
there are alcohol-based cleanser dispensers outside of each room.
- Do not visit the hospital/patient rooms if you are already sick or have
- Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
- Make sure your caregiver follows these same precautions before treating
you for anything.