Although hospitals and their staff members are absolutely brilliant at keeping us in good health and ensuring we live long and happy lives, no matter how strict their cleaning schedule is, occasionally it’s going to be possible for you to pick up infections when visiting someone or spending a few days in their inpatient department. This is unavoidable as there will be many other people also at the unit who may be suffering from conditions that spread via the air you’re all breathing, so it’s important that you take certain precautions to decrease the chances of you being affected.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to put you off visiting a hospital, as they could be your only hope, but spending some time thinking ahead could definitely be beneficial. So, take a moment or two to read through the rest of this blog post, and I’ll do my best to explain exactly what you can do to ensure you stand the best chance of staying infection free when spending any amount of time inside a hospital.
Wash Your Hands At Every Opportunity
Every hospital in the UK should have antibacterial gel near the entrances and exits of every ward. It will only take a few seconds to make sure your hands are free from germs, so remember to use it whenever you see a station has been provided. This should help to decrease the chances of you spreading infections around the hospital and getting ill yourself.
Don’t Shave For A Couple Of Days
Though you might not realise it, every time you shave your skin gets covered in tiny micro-cuts which are a perfect way for infections to enter your bloodstream. Simply refraining from shaving for a day or two before visiting a hospital will mean your skin is closed, and an extra protective layer of hair can only be a good thing. Of course, if you do end up with a rather nasty illness after being in a health center you should get in touch with a CRO for infectious diseases.
Try To Stop Smoking For The Duration
Smoking tobacco and other substances can cause your lungs to work harder when trying to clean the blood of carbon dioxide and refresh it with oxygen, so stopping could make a considerably significant difference to your chances of leaving any hospital without an infection. Also, tobacco can cause infections on its own, especially in the throat and general oral area.
Always Wash Germs Away Thoroughly
No matter how sterile scalpels and other implements may be, when doctors and surgeons make incisions, these tools can drag germs from the outside in, and this is obviously something you want to avoid at all costs. So, if you know you’re going for an operation, ensure you always shower beforehand and scrub that particular area carefully.
Well, there you have it my friends. So long as you follow my advice you should have no trouble avoiding infections the next time you have to visit a hospital for whatever reason.