One of the most important, simple and effective ways to prevent infection is to WASH YOUR HANDS. In our daily activities our hands come into contact with a lot of things. So remember to wash them often, especially before you eat or touch your face.
Wash your hands before and after preparing food, after using the bathroom, petting your cat or dog, and touching any soiled object.
The importance of hand washing for patients, family and staff cannot be stressed enough. Hand washing is the number one tool in decreasing the spread of viral and bacterial infections.
When you are an inpatient, each patient’s room has a toilet to be used only by the patient. All hygiene concerns should be immediately reported to the nurse.
Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water involves fully lathering the hands for at least 30 seconds. Antibacterial soap is not required. Make sure to rub all surfaces vigorously and rinse thoroughly under a stream of water. Use a clean towel at home and if possible, disposable paper towel in public washrooms. Use the paper towel to turn off the faucets and open the door.
Small bottles of hand sanitizers are handy things to have with you. These can be purchased at most pharmacies.