Preventing Infection

Monday, March 23, 2015

You and your family and friends can do a lot to prevent the spread of infection in hospitals, clinics and communities. Dr. Edward Hill explains how in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Avoiding contagious diseases like the common cold, strep throat and the flu is important to everyone.

Here are some things you can do to fight the spread of infection.

Clean your hands. Use soap and warm water. Rub your hands really well for at least 15 seconds or clean them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or both.

Make sure health care providers clean their hands and wear gloves. Doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care providers come into contact with lots of bacteria and viruses. So before they treat you, ask them if theyve cleaned their hands.

Cover your mouth and nose. Many diseases are spread through sneezes and coughs. When you sneeze or cough, the germs can travel three feet or more. Cover your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of infections to others.

If you are sick, avoid close contact with others. Stay home if you have a fever, and

Make sure that your vaccinations are currenteven for adults. Check with your doctor about shots you may need.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.