Infection Prevention and Control
" Infection Control Everybody’s Responsibility "
Do you know that around two to ten million bacteria can be found between our fingertips and elbows? Hand Hygiene is essential to stop the spread of infection.
-Hands may look clean but many germs are invisible to our eyes. We can easily and unknowingly transmit germs from our hands to others and the hospital environment.
- Hand hygiene is the single most important factor in reducing the risk of healthcare associated infections (HAI’s).
- The hospital has provided Alcohol Hand Rub in wall-mounted dispensers in all public areas as a protection for patients, staff and visitors from the spread of infection.
-Personal Hygiene is important, wash your hands regularly with soap and waterbefore handling food and after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or after each visit to the toilet.
- To use the hand rub, apply the solution to the palm of one hand, then rub your hands together covering all surfaces of the hand, and in particular, fingertips and fingernails. It should take 20-30 seconds for the solution to dry on your hands.
- Help us by encouraging your visitors to use the provided hand rub solution too.
Some patients may need extra care if they have certain infections. Additional precautions are tailored to the particular germ causing the infection such as:
1.Single room, with dedicated toilet.
2.Dedicated patient equipment.
3.Special air conditioning requirements.
4.Additional use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as: masks, gowns, shoe covers, etc…
5.Restricted movement of patients and staff.
Cough Etiquette should be followed to protect yourself and others:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw your tissue immediately in the waste bin.
- Wash your hands immediately after coughing or sneezing.
- Visitors who are unwell with fever, respiratory symptoms or GI symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting should stay at home and refrain from visiting their patients at the hospital. Visitors with such symptoms can cause infection outbreak in the hospital in particular.
- Feel free to inform your nurse if you have any concerns regarding the cleanliness of your room and/or bathroom.