Infection Prevention and Control

Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene plays a pivotal role in ensuring a healthy and safe travel experience. Traveling often involves being in crowded spaces and frequent contact with high-touch surfaces, making it crucial to prioritize hand hygiene. Utilizing hand sanitizer after touching surfaces like doorknobs, railings, or shared devices helps reduce the potential transmission of germs. Sanitizing hands before meals or touching one's face also serves as a strong protection against infection. Hand sanitizer is easy to pack and access, making it a great tool to promote hand hygiene while traveling.

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When embarking on a journey during respiratory viral seasons (fall/winter), wearing a face mask is an essential practice, especially while in a crowded location. Packing a face mask before your trip is a proactive measure to lessen the risk of respiratory infections. Crowded environments, such as hospitals, heighten the potential for exposure to airborne pathogens. Wearing a face mask not only protects you but also contributes to community well-being by reducing the transmission of respiratory infections. This simple yet effective precautionary step becomes particularly important for individuals anticipating hospitalization, strengthening their defense against respiratory infections during the travel phase and ensuring a healthier transition into the medical setting.

Read about the hospital’s mask-wearing requirements

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Safety Protocols for All Visitors

  • All parents/guardians accompanying children must be free of signs and symptoms of infectious disease, including cough, runny nose, rash, vomiting, and fever. Please notify the medical provider caring for your child if you are anyone else in the home has a fever, cough, rash, shortness of breath, or any other sign of respiratory infection.
  • Please remember to wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently during your visit.

Post-Care Infection Risk Management

Minimizing infection risk after a procedure or hospitalization is crucial for a smooth recovery. Following healthcare provider's guidelines for wound care, medication compliance, and hygiene practices is essential to their post-treatment health. It's important to maintain cleanliness, regularly wash hands, and avoid touching wounds without proper sanitation. If a patient suspects a post-op or post-hospital infection, immediately consult a healthcare professional. Timely reporting contributes significantly to the effective management and prevention of complications, ensuring a safe transition from hospital to home.

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