What You Can Do to Reduce Risk of Falling in Hospital:
- Share any and all fears or concerns you have about falling with your healthcare team
- Call for assistance if you are concerned with moving about, especially at night
- If you feel dizzy, weak, unsteady, or light-headed sit down and call for help
- Get up slowly after eating, lying down, or resting
- Wear proper footwear: non-slip, well-fitting, and supportive such as running shoes or slippers with heel support and tread
- Ensure clothing is not going to be tripped on such as pants, skirts, or housecoats that are too long
- Wear glasses and/or hearing aids as needed
- Take medications as prescribed
- Use recommended walking aids and supports
- Participate in regular and safe physical activity
- Eat healthy, regular, and well-balanced meals
Infection Prevention and Control
- Ask members of your healthcare team if you are receiving, or should be receiving, clot prevention medication or stockings
- Read the “Preventing Blood Clots in Hospital” brochure given on admission
- Resume normal physical activity and walking as soon as possible and safe to do so
- Report any pain in your chest, shortness of breath, pain, swelling, or redness in your leg to a member of your healthcare team
- Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated (unless on fluid restriction)
- Exercise your legs and feet throughout your stay.
Tips to Help Decrease Spread of Infection
- Wash your hands! It is the best way to avoid infection. Foam hand sanitizer is available at many locations around the hospital including just outside each patient room. To ‘wash’ your hands take one pump of the sanitizer and rub all surfaces of your hands until it is completely dry. Remember to wash your hands before your meals, after using the toilet and before leaving and returning to your room.
- Please feel free to ask your healthcare provider if they have washed their hands before providing care for you.
- Cough or sneeze into your shoulder or sleeve instead of your hands.
- Keep your mouth covered when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose of tissues right after use and then wash your hands.
- If family or friends are not feeling well, or have fever, cough or cold, sore throat, diarrhoea or vomiting please ask them not to visit.
Why Do Some Rooms Have Special Signs
What is everyone Supposed to do?In the hospital we take extra precautions to prevent germs from being passed to others. It is very important to follow these extra precautions in order to protect our patients, visitors & staff. The signs on the doors have pictures of what you must do to keep everyone safe.
- Look at the sign on the door to know what you need to put on before you enter the room
- Before you enter and when you leave the room, perform hand hygiene with the alcohol hand rub
- When you leave, remove gloves, put them in the trash by the door, remove your gown and put it in the laundry hamper by the door, wash your hands with alcohol hand rub before touching anything else. If you are wearing a mask take it off now, throw it in the garbage and perform hand hygiene again.
- Do not re-use gowns, gloves & mask – get fresh each time
- Do not leave the room wearing the gloves and gown for any reason, as this will spread the germs to other surfaces & people
- Read the fact sheet given to you by the nurse. It provides further information.
What are Patients supposed to do?
- It is very important that you perform hand hygiene with alcohol based hand rub before leaving your room and frequently while you are out of your room. If you have questions about how to do this please talk to a member of your healthcare team
- Before leavening your room you must ensure that you meet “The 5C’s” requirements:
- Clean hands
- Clean clothes & equipment – if the patient does not have clean clothes, a clean hospital gown must be worn
- Contained drainage – for example oozing wounds or skin must be covered
- Continent – means they can control when they go to the bathroom or they have a way to contain for example, a diaper
- Compliant with instructions – means they know and will follow hospital isolation policies
- Read the fact sheet called “Activity of Patients Isolated Using Contact Precautions” and any other fact sheets given to you by the healthcare team
- Patients who have precaution signs on their door may have to restrict their activity outside of their room
- If you have any questions about what to do or why, please ask a member of the healthcare team
Why are patients ‘swabbed’ when they are admitted?
The hospital takes many steps to try and prevent the spread of germs. Some patients are at higher risk for carrying certain germs. For these reasons, patients may have their nose and bottom swabbed in order to see if they are carrying these germs.