People who go to the hospital should get better, not get an infection from their hospital stay.
If you spend any time in a hospital, even as a visitor, you know how seriously they take the risk of infection. Sanitary measures like handwashing are incredibly important and reminder signs and hand sanitizer are everywhere. Such measures are even stricter with equipment sterilization and patient care.
But then you see reports about hospital-acquired infections and wonder if it makes a difference. Are hospitals really making an effort to reduce infections?
The answer is yes. HCA Midwest Health is proud to participate in HCA’s infection prevention initiative. We are known nationally for our work to minimize infection rates. You can also take a look at our patient safety grades from the Leapfrog Group.
You can help in the fight against hospital-acquired infections, whether you are a patient or just visiting:
- If you see something that seems abnormal or unsanitary in a hospital, say something.
- If you are a visitor, don’t visit someone if you have a cold or something else you think is contagious. Not sure if you’re contagious? Speak to your physician before visiting a loved one in the hospital.
- If you have been ill recently or exposed to someone who has been ill, please refrain from visiting the hospital for 48 hours or have been cleared by a physician. You are also encouraged to wear a mask, which can be found in the lobby and hospital waiting areas.
- If you have a wound that requires self-care after discharge, follow your instructions on changing dressings and tell your doctor if there is anything unusual.
- If you have been prescribed antibiotics to fight an infection, don’t stop taking it when you feel better. Finish the prescription.
- Once discharged, follow discharge instructions carefully. This will help ensure a good recovery.
And, of course, reach out to your HCA Midwest Health care team with any concerns about infection safety—either before, during or after your care with us. Contact information will be on your discharge instructions.