Germs and bacteria exist at home, at work, and in hospitals. All
hospitals work hard to prevent you from getting an infection
while you are in the hospital. The spread of germs is a
possibility in any hospital, and is believed to cause thousands
of infections every year.
If you have a cold, respiratory symptoms, or other contagious
illnesses, we ask you to consider not visiting anyone in the
hospital, for the health and safety of our patients.
Be particularly aware that visitors under age 12 frequently
have colds or other infections, and perhaps should not visit
patient care areas.
Handwashing can prevent the spread of germs. You may wash
your hands in the rest rooms with comfortably hot water and
soap. Or you may use the antibacterial hand wash dispensers
conveniently located throughout the hospital in patient care
Participate in all decisions about your treatment.
Educate yourself about your diagnosis, medical tests,
medications and treatment.
Speak up if you have questions or concerns. If you don't
understand, ask again!