Help Stop the Spread

Help Stop the Spread

Did you know…?

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. Once an infection starts, it can quickly spread to you, your family, and other patients.

Our visitors play a role too!

Visitors are important to our patients and their well-being. You have a critical role in preventing infections. We ask you to follow these guidelines to reduce the spread of germs!

Everyone should clean their hands:

  • Before and after touching you
  • Before and after eating
  • When your hands are visibly soiled
  • After using the bathroom
  • After coughing or sneezing

What are the choices for cleaning hands?

Alcohol-based hand rubs are available throughout the hospital. After cleaning, make sure your hands are dry before you touch anything. This is very important when you use the hand rub.

If your hands are visibly soiled, you will need to use soap and water. Cleaning your hands takes 15 seconds! Make sure you cover all surfaces. If you are using soap and water, don’t forget to use a paper towel to turn off the taps!