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Infection Control

POTOMAC VALLEY HOSPITAL

Preventing Infections

You and Your Family or Visitors Are Part of the Healthcare Team

What You Can Do

Infections can occur after many types of procedures. There are several things you can do to help protect yourself

Wash your hands often and well after using the bathroom, touching something that is soiled, or assisting in any healthcare activity.

  • Use the waterless hand sanitizer located near the door of your room.
  • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Please do not hesitate to remind doctors, nurses, and other staff to wash their hands.

 

  • Follow closely all isolation protocols/procedures in place at this hospital.
  • If you have a dressing on a wound, tell your nurse if it is loose or wet.
  • If you have an IV (intravenous catheter), keep the dressing clean and dry. Tell your nurse if it is loose, wet, red, or painful.
  • If you have a urinary catheter or drainage tube, tell your nurse if it is loose or comes out.
  • To prevent pneumonia, carefully follow instructions about breathing treatments.  Practice coughing to clear secretions from lungs.  Turn in bed at lease every 1 to 2 hours.
  • Smoking can lead to infections. If you smoke and need help to stop, please let your nurse know.   Your doctor may possibly allow for the provision of patches to help reduce cigarette craving.  This is a non-smoking hospital.
  • If you have diabetes, be sure to ask your doctor about the best ways to control your blood sugar. High blood sugar can increase risk of infection.
  • Ask for help or advice, if you have any concern.
  • Tell the nurse if you are in pain.
  • Ask questions. You should understand your treatment plan.
    • Ask your friends not to visit if they feel ill or have been exposed to an infectious disease/ illness.