|Hand Hygiene at the Hospital|
Hand hygiene is the single most effective way to stop the spread of infections at hospitals. Proper hand hygiene protects patients. It can reduce how long patients stay in the hospital and help prevent the need for readmissions.
At Rouge Valley Health System, we are committed to ensuring quality care and patient safety—and that includes practicing good hand hygiene. However, it is not just the people providing health care to patients who need to pay close attention to their hand hygiene. People who visit patients also need to practice good hand hygiene.
What is Hand Hygiene?
Hand hygiene is a combination of the following activities:
When to Practice Hand Hygiene
Regular hand hygiene should be a part of your everyday life. Of course, you should wash your hands whenever they are visibly soiled, as well as at these other common moments:
At the hospital
When you are at the hospital, all of the moments listed above are important. Additionally, you should wash your hands or use a hand rub at these two moments:
It is very important that you remember to clean your hands at these time. This helps to reduce the introduction of microorganisms into the hospital, and it keeps the patients safe—including the patients who your are visiting. You can find hand sanitizer mounted on the wall outside of patient rooms and throughout our Rouge Valley hospital campuses.
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