Patient & Visitor Information
Reduce your risk of a hospital-acquired infection
Planning a hospital visit for a surgical procedure, diagnostic procedure, medical intervention or to have a baby?
Here are some tips
- Ask your health care providers to clean their hands before treating you.
- Ask your visitors to clean their hands too.
- Ask your visitors not to come if they are sick.
- Clean your hands as often as possible, or ask a health-care provider to help you.
- Do not share items with your roommate
- If you are not satisfied with the cleanliness of your room, talk with your health care provider.
For surgery patients
- Stop smoking well in advance of your surgery.
- On the day of your surgery, remind your doctor you may need an antibiotic one hour before the first incision.
- Ask your doctor about keeping you warm during your surgery.
- Do not shave the surgical site.
- Ask your surgeon to limit the number of clinicians in the operating room during your surgery.
- Ask your doctor about monitoring your glucose (sugar) levels continuously during and after your surgery, especially if you are having heart surgery.
- Avoid a urinary tract catheter if possible.
- If you must have an IV, make sure it is inserted and removed under clean conditions and changed every 3 to 4 days.
When having a baby by Caesarean section
- If you are pregnant and planning on having your baby by
Caesarean section, follow the steps listed for surgery patients