During Patient Safety Awareness week we are sharing a few of the ways we keep patients safe everyday. Here’s one way you can partner with us to ensure your health.
Washing your hands is one of the simplest things you can do to keep from getting sick and to prevent spreading viruses and bacteria to others. Hand washing is now known as hand hygiene and can be done either with soap and water or with alcohol foam or alcohol gel. You should always do hand hygiene before and after eating, after using the bathroom, after you sneeze or blow your nose and anytime your hands are visibly soiled or dirty. Always do hand hygiene with soap and water after using the bathroom and when hands are visibly soiled or dirty. Use alcohol gel or alcohol foam for all other times.
Hand hygiene can be accomplished by washing with soap and water or by using a dime-sized portion of either alcohol foam or alcohol gel. The hand hygiene process with soap and water should include thorough washing, rinsing and drying of hands. For alcohol foam or gel, apply a dime-sized portion of the foam or the gel to the palm of one hand, rub your hands together and then rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.
If you are in the hospital you can take a proactive role in your health by making sure all employees and visitors do hand hygiene before or at the time of entering your room and immediately after or at the time of exiting your room. Staff members are encouraged to “foam in” and “foam out” for all patient rooms. Our staff members strive to do hand hygiene 100 percent of the time, but if an opportunity for hand hygiene is missed, don’t be shy about asking hospital staff, your friends and family members if they have done hand hygiene. There are many things we can’t control in life, but ensuring we are doing hand hygiene is one of them.
Happy Patient Safety Week!