Infection Prevention and Control
Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)
Clean Your Hands
Did you know hand hygiene is the simplest way to prevent up to 50% of infections and illnesses? Every year, an estimated 5-7 per cent of patients admitted to hospitals develop a preventable and even deadly hospital-acquired infection such as C. Difficile , MRSA and VRE.
If you're visiting a hospital, consider these important tips:
- If you're visiting a patient or getting treatment, remember to clean your hands:
- When you enter and leave the hospital
- Before and after contact with your loved one
- Before eating
- If you are visiting a patient at SAH, and you've had one of the following in the past 24 hrs: diarrhea, fever and/or chills, new or worsening cough - please see the receptionist before seeing your loved one. If you are sick, you may make patients or healthcare workers sick.
- Ask your doctor, nurse or other health care professional to clean or sanitize their hands using a gel hand rinse before examining you. It's your right as a patient, so speak up.
- If your family member is on Precautions in the hospital, please follow the signs or ask a nurse for help.
Learn more by visiting the following links:
SAH Particpates in Clean Hands Protect Lives Campaign
Hand Cleaning is one of the best ways you and your care providers can prevent infections from spreading.
Click here to view the Pamphlet. (PDF)
Click here to learn how to clean your hands. (PDF)