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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 an infection.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  • Make sure your caregiver follows these same precautions before treating you for anything.