Reducing the risk of infection
The prevention and control of infections is everyone's responsibility including staff, doctors, patients and visitors. Some patients have a higher risk of infection due to their underlying condition or pre-existing infections. Clinical staff will take every measure to minimise the risk of infection developing or spreading. Concord Hospital is committed to providing high quality care in a safe and clean environment.
What can patients do to reduce the risk of infection?
- Quit smoking: Try to quit or at least reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke, as smoking can slow down the healing process.
- Weight loss: People who are overweight have an increased risk of infection. Eating a balanced, healthy diet and exercise may help you reduce your weight for surgery.
- If you do develop an infection before admission (skin, dental, respiratory, bladder or bowel) see your doctor for a review as they may need to speak to your surgeon.
- Complete your health history, as some circumstances may require additional precautions or pre-admission screening, for example, history of MRSA or planned joint replacement. Do not worry this just helps us plan your care during your stay.
During your stay:
- Wash your hands after going to the bathroom and before eating
- Don't be afraid to ask for help of you need assistance with hand hygiene or going to the bathroom
- Our staff are professional and do not mind being politely questioned or reminded about hand hygiene
- If you have an intravenous drip, it will have a clear dressing over the area. Do not touch the area if the dressing becomes loose or the area becomes red or painful – tell your nurses and they will check it for you
- Do not touch your wound or any other devices such as drip, catheters or drains. Tell your nurse promptly if it becomes loose
- You can expect your hospital environment to be kept clean and tidy. Keeping the tables and locker uncluttered will assist the cleaning staff to access all surfaces
What visitors can do to help prevent infections?
- Avoid coming to the hospital if they are feeling unwell
- If visitors have suffered from any form of gastro (vomiting/diarrhoea), they should not visit for 48 hours after symptoms have ceased.
- Children that are unwell or just recovering from an illness should not be bought to them hospital.
- Visitors are required to use the hand washing sink or alcohol rub/gel to clean their hands when entering and leaving the wards.
- Visitors should not touch the relative/friend's wounds or devices, e.g. drips.
- Visitors should not sit on the beds or use the patients bathrooms. Please ask staff where the nearest public toilet is located.
If you have any concerns you can always talk to the nurse in charge, the Nursing Unit Manager or the Patient Representative