Why is hand hygiene important?
Whether recovering from surgery or being treated for an illness, hospital patients may have decreased immunity leaving them at increased risk of infection from germs. Infections can have a serious impact on patients and increase the length of hospital stays. One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce infection is for all staff, patients, and visitors to practice good hand hygiene.
What is good hand hygiene?
Good hand hygiene means washing with either alcohol-based hand rubs or soap and water to stop the spread of germs. By stopping the spread of germs, we can reduce infections among patients.
Our commitment to you
Our staff at Fisher-Titus Medical Center is committed to good hand hygiene because we know it is one of the easiest ways to help keep patients as safe and healthy as possible. All caregivers should clean their hands before and after contact with patients and their surroundings.
Hand hygiene is everyone's business
Patients and visitors have an important role to play in ensuring hand hygiene throughout the hospital.
- Visitors should clean their hands each time they enter or leave a patient's room.
- Patients and visitors should never touch wounds, dressings, intravenous lines or other instruments being used to treat a patient.
- Patients should have good personal hygiene, especially in the hospital, including cleaning hands after using the bathroom and before meals.
It's okay to ask
As part of your role in the fight against infection, please know that "It's OK to ask." Our staff can become very busy, and if you are in doubt that your doctor, nurse or health care provider cleaned their hands, please remember, "It's OK to ask."
It takes a strong commitment from employees, physicians, patients, and visitors to be successful in keeping our patients safe. We appreciate your help.