Protecting yourself and others from infection: Wash, Protect, Prevent
Forrest General is committed to the fight against community and hospital-associated infections. Simple methods can help stop the spread of these infections, both in the hospital and at home, and protect you against potentially-fatal illnesses. You can do your part to stop the spread of germs by practicing the following good habits:
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently.
- Wash your hands before and after preparing food or eating.
- Always wash your hands after visiting a restroom.
- Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or your upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze, especially during cold and flu season.
- If visiting someone who is sick or in the hospital, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering and when leaving a patient's room.
- Avoid touching anything used to care for someone who is sick.
- Eliminate germs at home by using disinfectants such as sprays and wipes to clean surfaces often.
- Do not visit the hospital if you are sick or have an infected wound.
For more information on infection prevention, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445, then press 1, from 2-10 p.m., seven days a week, or send an e-mail.