Standard 3 - Preventing and Controlling Infections
Keeping You Germ Free
- It’s ok to ask if staff have washed their hands.
- Germs can be spread by our hands even when they look clean.
- Removing these germs by hand washing or using an alcohol based hand rub can help to prevent the spread of infection in hospital.
- Soap and water can be used to clean the hands if they look dirty, if you are going to eat or if you have used the toilet.
- At other times Avagard, an alcohol based hand rub, can be used to clean the hands.
- Visitors should wash hands or use Avagard when arriving and when leaving your room.
- Family and friends who are unwell with colds, stomach bugs or rashes should not visit you.
Please view the following videos to learn more about the importance of hand hygiene.