Keeping patients safe


 

Everyone who works at Western Sussex Hospitals is committed to keeping our patients as safe as possible.

We are continually reassessing everything we do and are always looking at new ways of reducing risks of infection.

But however diligent we are, it will never be possible for any hospital to give a 100% guarantee that no patient will pick up an infection during their stay.

 

What can I expect the staff to do?

Protecting patients from healthcare-associated infection is one of our very top priorities. The most important measure all staff can take is to make sure their hands are clean.

This means using alcohol hand wash before they see you – no matter who they are or how important they seem to be.

And what if they don’t?

It’s perfectly OK to challenge or remind staff if you haven’t seen them use hand wash before they see you.

If you are still not happy, then please have a word with your ward sister or the matron covering your ward.


What can my visitors do?

All visitors are asked to use alcohol hand gel dispensers before they enter the ward area.

This is to protect you from bugs they might be carrying.


What can I do?

There are a few general measures you can take yourself:

  • Hand washing is important for you too – before you eat or drink, or after you have been to the toilet or used the commode
  • Don’t sit on other patients’ beds
  • Do keep the top of your bedside locker clear of clutter; so it can be cleaned easily
  • Don’t bring perishable food into hospital. If perishables are brought in, they must be given to a staff member to be labelled and stored in the ward fridge
  • Do wear slippers or shoes if you are walking around the ward
  • Do bring in your own toiletries; including a shaving kit if you need one

If you have an intravenous drip:

  • Please don’t fiddle with it, and make sure that its plastic cap is closed at all times when it is not being used
  • All drip sites should be labelled with a day sticker – please tell your nurse if yours isn’t
  • The staff should check the site every time the drip is used, and drips that are no longer being used should be removed.
  • Please tell someone immediately if your drip site is becoming red or sore, as these could be the first signs of an infection.

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