Patient and Family Safety Education

Prevention and Control of Infection

  • Good handwashing has proven to be the best way to prevent the spread of infections.  The most effective method is to wash hands before and after every contact with the patient with an alcohol based hand gel or antimicrobial soap per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Use sneeze/cough etiquette: the nose and mouth should always be covered when sneezing and coughing, preferably with a tissue that is then discarded.  If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.  Avoid using your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Notify your physician if you are sick.  Stay away from people who are ill.
  • Follow your surgeon’s or physician’s instructions for bathing and activity/exercise.  Do not shower or bathe before the date recommended.  Water can carry bacteria into your wound.
  • Dressings to be applied to the wound should be kept clean and dry (and sterile if directed by the physician).
  • Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.
  • Take all antibiotic pills as directed if prescribed.

Safety Questions or Concerns

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions regarding your care or discuss any concerns regarding matters of safety.  Be sure you understand your discharge instructions and the medications you are to take when you return home.

Verification of Correct Surgical Site

We invite you to assist us in the process of assuring the correct site for your surgery or procedure.

  • Read the procedure to be performed on the consent form and check that the correct procedure, and if applicable, the correct side or site is specified.
  • As part of our Safety Initiative, every person caring for you will ask for your name and date of birth before caring for you.
  • Preoperatively for most procedures, the surgeon or procedural physician will mark the surgical site with a “YES”.
  • The surgical team will perform a “TIME OUT” before the start of your procedure to confirm that the correct procedure (and side, if applicable) will be performed.