What does all that mean?
- It means you can acquire the organism at any time, even if you are not hospitalised.
- Not all the infections in the hospital are the hospital's fault since patients come in with the infection so often.
- If you visit someone in the hospital, wash your hands if you touch them or anything in the room.
- If you are a patient make sure the healthcare workers clean their hands before they touch you, even the nurse, even the doctor.
- It's not only Ok for you to ask people to clean their hands before touching you, it's imperative for your health.
- If you work in the hospital, you are not only protecting the patient and fellow healthcare workers by washing hands, you are protecting yourself.
Nurses must be patient advocates. Patients also have to be their own advocate and the handwashing rules apply just as much in the doctor's office, dentists office or outpatient clinic as in the hospital itself. Keep everyone safe.