Performing Hand Hygiene is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. Staff are required to follow national guidelines regarding hand hygiene. You have the right to ask any staff member including medical and nursing staff if they have performed hand hygiene prior to attending to you. Patients and visitors are also reminded of the importance of cleaning their hands before and after hospital visits. To view recent hospital hand hygiene data click here: Hand Hygiene
To view recent hospital infection control audit results click here: Westminster Day Surgery Infection Prevention and Control Data
To view information regarding the prevention of healthcare associated infections click here: Healthcare Associated Infections Consumer Factsheet
Falls can prolong a hospital stay and impede your recovery. Nursing staff complete a falls risk assessment on admission to identify your risk of a fall and ensure appropriate strategies are in place to prevent you from falling. If you have a past history of falls please inform nursing staff on admission.
Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that can form in the leg or lung (PE). It is a risk associated with surgery, or long periods of immobilisation. Preventative measures include the use of pressure stockings, sequential calf compression and medication. The best preventative measure is mobilisation. If you have a past history of DVT or are taking blood thinning agents please inform nursing staff on admission.
Preventing Pressure Injuries
Pressure relieving devices are used during your stay to protect you from sustaining a pressure injury.
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