Preventing Infection

Patients and visitors can prevent the spread of germs. To protect your health, we recommend these precautions:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available through the hospital.
  • Do not hesitate to ask your health care providers to clean their hands before caring for you.
  • Ask friends and family who are ill not to visit.
  • If you have a catheter, ask your health care 
provider each day if it is still needed.

Allegiance Health staff protects your health by:

  • Cleaning their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner before and after every patient.
  • Carefully cleaning hospital rooms and medical equipment.
  • Using contact precautions when caring for patients with an infection, including moving the patient to a private room.
  • Asking visitors of patients with infections to wear gowns and gloves, when appropriate, as well as removing gowns and gloves and cleaning their hands before leaving patient rooms.
  • Asking patients with infections to stay in their rooms as much as possible, including asking that they not go to common areas such as the gift shop or cafeteria.

Allegiance Health staff prevents catheter-associated bloodstream infections by:

  • Cleaning their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner and wearing gloves before inserting a catheter, before and after catheter care, before using the catheter to draw blood or give medications, and when changing the bandage covering where the catheter enters the skin.
  • Wearing a mask, cap, sterile gown and sterile gloves when putting in catheters.
  • Covering patients with sterile sheets when putting in catheters.
  • Cleaning patients’ skin with antiseptic cleaner before putting in catheters.
  • Cleaning the catheter opening with an antiseptic solution before using the catheter to draw blood or give medications.
  • Deciding daily if the patient still needs the catheter and removing it as soon as possible.

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