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The best way to help prevent infection during your stay is to wash your hands often and well. This also includes anyone who comes to visit you including family and friends, nurses and doctors. It is ok to ask health care workers to wash their hands before providing your care. ·
Use soap and water or alcohol based hand rub to keep your hands clean. ·
Other ways to help prevent infections during your stay:
Most patients who have surgery recover without complications, but sometimes patients can get infections.
To reduce the risk of infection after surgery have a bath or shower the night before and the morning of your surgery. Make sure you:
Do not shave near where you will be having your surgery. Shaving can irritate the skin, which may lead to infections. If you are a man who shaves your face everyday, please ask your surgeon if it is ok to do so.
There are lots of germs on our skin and in our environment.
Most of them cause no harm however, these germs can enter the body
through the incision made by the surgeon.
Download a copy of our guide to preventing surgical site infection and pre-operative washing
We reduce the risks of a hospital stay with hand hygiene, preventing falls and blood clots, and medication safety. Read about keeping you safe in hospital.