In with an INGROWN TOENAIL and out with a URINARY TRACT INFECTION!
Hospital Acquired Infections – how can we prevent them?
One of the scariest things that can happen to you while in hospital, is to pick up an infection. We all visit hospitals to seek treatment and get better, not pick up more infection. The sad truth in Hospital Acquired Infections (H.A.I.’s) have become the norm. Yip, you could go into hospital with an in-grown-toenail and come out with a urinary tract infection!
No one goes into the hospital hoping to get even sicker, but it happens all the time. H.A.I.’s may be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi. There are numerous bugs in hospitals just waiting to pounce, you may have picked one up if you are suddenly aware of the following symptoms you didn’t have before:
- burning with urination or difficulty urinating,
- a cough, shortness of breath,
- discharge from a wound,
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea,
- Headaches and High temperatures.
These symptoms may be experienced as early 48 hours after hospital admission and up to days 30 after an operation has taken place.
Mild H.A.I’s include urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and gastroenteritis, however, illnesses such as meningitis and pneumonia and even MRSA strains can become very serious and are very difficult to treat.
You would think that the people who are at greatest risk would be seriously ill people, patients with a compromised immune system, or patients that stay in the hospital for a long time. The elderly and small children are generally more vulnerable. But the reality is that the healthy patients who go in for standard procedures can very easily pick up seriously horrible bugs. Afterall in hospitals sick people and their germs are plentiful!
Makes you wonder if there is anything that can be done to lessen this risk. We all believe that the responsibility lies with the nursing staff, and the doctors, but you as the patient and the family and friends of the patient can do a lot to prevent H.A.I’s.
It goes down to basic hygiene, like correctly washing your hands, using medical quality hand sanitisers, pre-saturated disposable wipes, and basic common sense.
- Insist that the nursing staff wash and sanitise their hands. Nursing staff should be sanitising their hands between every single patient.
- Ask for a medical wipe before eating meals, and after using a bedpan.
- Insist that visitors respect any restrictions such as visiting hours, sanitisers at entrances, and hand washing requirements or even face masks.
- Anyone who has a cold, sniffy nose or just not feeling well should rather stay at home!
- Sneezing or coughing should be done into the fold of one's arm.
Fortunately, we live in a time were products are made with convenience and ease of use in mind. Simple on-going basic awareness of hygiene is all that it takes to reduce and prevent Hospital Acquired Infections. The responsibility lies with everyone who comes into contact with the patient - including the patient themselves!
To make your life easy Sani-touch has introduced a care pack. A “gift” box with everything you need to assist with preventing H.A.I’s.
Click here to order your care pack - Medical quality hand and surface sanitisers, as well as pre-saturated wipes, are included in the pack.