For immediate release
December 13, 2011
RVH policies and prevention
Throughout our region, hospitals and health care facilities are facing significant challenges concerning the spread of infectious diseases. These infections are passed along by person-to-person and person-to-object (i.e., door handles, bedrails) contact and include:
Infection control is always a top priority at RVH, and the hospital is particularly concerned about the protection of those most vulnerable to infection—hospital patients, newborns and the elderly. We ask everyone’s cooperation in adhering to the hospital’s policies outlined below for just this reason.
Please consult the hospital website at https://www.renfrewhosp.com/visitinghours.php or call ahead if you have any questions.
Hand hygiene is another very important aspect of RVH’s Visiting Policies and everyday practice, and is the single most effective way to avoid contamination.
The simple act of hand washing can have remarkable benefits when practised properly, improving patient safety and well-being by reducing the spread of germs and infections. Hand sanitizer is a good option when soap and water is not available, and has been shown to kill different kinds of bacteria and viruses.
In order to provide the safest possible environment, hand sanitizer stations are conveniently located throughout the hospital affixed to the walls.
“We ask all visitors to use the sanitizer to eliminate any harmful bacteria from their hands as they enter and as they leave the building, and before entering and upon exiting any room or area within the hospital. Better yet, refrain from moving between patient rooms during a visit to prevent cross-contamination. This is for their own protection, for their loved ones and everyone else they come into contact with,” says Christene Ferguson, Vice-President of Patient Care Services.
Hand washing tips:
As we head into the hub of cold and flu season, RVH also urges you to do your part to protect yourself and safeguard the health of others from these viruses that are spread through the air. Antibiotics do not work against viruses.
Reduce your chances of catching or spreading the flu:
While all these steps may seem like a lot of work, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute notes that, “Preventing harm is worth the effort.”
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For more information please contact Randy Penney, President and CEO, Renfrew Victoria Hospital, at 613-432-4851, ext. 260.