Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Up

Preventing-Infections-When-You're-HospitalizedDoctors and nurses care for many sick people in a day, and they risk spreading germs to you if they don’t wash their hands. Hand hygiene is the simplest, most effective way to reduce the chance of catching these infections. But healthcare workers are often busy and may forget.

Simply ask your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional to wash their hands before touching you can go a long way toward preventing infection.

Your relatives and friends should also wash their hands before and after visiting you in the hospital. Either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub are fine.

These suggestions can also apply to a clinic or doctor’s office, of course. Don’t be shy about speaking up and protecting your health. Thanking those who use good hand hygiene is a great way to keep those interactions positive and to encourage the continuation of the practice in the hospital or doctor’s office.

-Source: World Health Organization