Infection Control

Visiting the Hospital

Patients who are in hospital may be vulnerable to infection.  It is important that you follow the hand hygiene guidelines that are posted around the hospital.  Please keep yourself and others safe by using the hand-wash stations, not visiting if you are unwell and refrain from having contact with other patients.

We ask that you do not visit if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Symptoms of acute respiratory tract infection including cough, sore throat, runny nose and/or fever
  • Fever within the last 24 hours
  • Conjunctivitis (eye infection or pink eye)
  • Chicken pox, shingles, measles or mumps
  • Infectious rashes or concerns of possible transmission of communicable disease
  • If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please see your doctor and/or delay your visit until the symptoms have gone

As a Patient

Washing hands is the best way to fight the spread of infection.  Wash your hands frequently.  It is a good idea to ask everyone - your health care team and visitors - to wash their hands.

Information about Common Superbugs

  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA):  The term MRSA or methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus is used to describe those examples of this organism that are resistant to commonly used antibiotics.  Methicillin was an antibiotic used many years ago to treat patients with Staphylococcus aureus infections.  It is now no longer used except as a means of identifying this particular type of antibiotic resistance.
  • Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE):  Enterococci are bacteria that are normally present in the human intestines and in the female genital tract and are often found in the environment.  These bacteria can sometimes cause infections.  Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is often used to treat infections caused by enterococci.  In some instances, enterococci have become resistant to this drug and thus are called vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).
  • Colostridium difficile (C.Diff):  Colostridium difficile is a bacteria in your intestines.  It is found normally in healthy and ill people alike.  There are millions, perhaps billions of different types of bacteria in your body.  Bacteria are an important part of your health.  They help break down and digest food.  They also ward off many "bad" or foreign bacteria that you may come in contact with.  In fact, the "good" or normal bacteria on your hands can kill certain bad bacteria which you may pick up handling food or touching everyday items and fixtures.

Straight facts about superbugs:  Hand washing is still the best protection