Related Articles

Back to Document

Protecting the Health of Our Patients

Often our patients' bodies are less equipped to fight off common infections, so for their protection any visitor, child or adult, exhibiting symptoms of illness should not visit a patient in the hospital until those symptoms are gone.

• Runny nose
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Sneezing
• Rashes
• Fever greater than 100.4°
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Draining wounds

Children's immunizations should be current. Any child who has had a cold, the flu, chicken pox, measles or mumps within the past week may not visit.

All visitors must wear shoes and appropriate clothing.

Take an active role in caring for your friend or family member when he or she is a patient with us by cleansing your hands. Clean hands help prevent the spread of infection.

When to cleanse your hands

  • Before and after using the bathroom
  • Before and after touching the patient
  • Immediately after any contact with blood, other bodily fluids, non-intact skin or any potentially infectious source
  • After covering a cough or sneeze or after wiping your nose

The most effective way to cleanse your hands

Using soap and water

  • Wet hands and wrists with water.
  • Apply soap and work up a good lather.
  • Scrub your hands, fingers and forearms. Remember the fingernails!
  • Completely dry your hands with paper towels.
  • Use a paper towel to turn the faucet off.

Using waterless gel

  • Press the metal bar to dispense gel into your palm.
  • Rub your hands together until they're covered with gel.
  • Allow your hands to air-dry.
  • Adults should always wash children's hands