Standard 3 - Preventing and Controlling Infections

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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.

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