Most germs in hospitals can be spread by unclean hands. Each time a person touches an object or another person, germs go along for the ride. An infection could prolong your hospital stay.
Infection control precautions
Sometimes patients require extra infection control precautions and have a sign posted at the entry to their room or bed space. In these instances, your visitors should stop at the nurses’ station to receive instructions before they visit.
- If you or your visitors need to wear gloves, gowns, mask or protective eyewear, you can ask a staff member for assistance.
- You may be asked to stay in your room or bed space.
- Clean your hands frequently, especially when leaving your room.
Infection control tips for visitors
- Wash your hands before entering a patient’s room, when leaving the room and at the end of your visit.
- Visitors should not sit or put their feet on hospital beds or chairs that are covered with sheets or blankets.
- Visitors should not use patient washrooms.
- If you are feeling unwell, your visit should be postponed.
Influenza prevention information
Influenza is easily passed from person to person through droplets in the air, or by contact with unwashed hands. If you are sick or feeling unwell with symptoms of respiratory illness and your appointment or visit can be put off, you should not come to the hospital.
Other infection prevention and control practices, such as proper hand hygiene, in conjunction with vaccination are critical aspects of preventing the spread of influenza.
The Importance of Hand Hygiene
Infection Control for Families and Visitors
For more information, please see the resources below:
- Infection Prevention: Guidelines for Visitors
- Guidelines for Visitors: How you can help prevent the spread of germs