Visitors and family are at risk for exposure to
microorganisms when they visit health-care facilities.
The following guidelines are to be followed by all
visitors to minimize the risk of disease transmission.
Check with the nurse before entering the room of any patient
with transmission-based precautions noted on the door.
Follow instructions by the nursing staff for prevention of disease transmission.
Avoid handling patient-care equipment unless trained to do so.
Avoid handling of body secretions unless directly
involved in the patient's care and trained to do so.
Avoid eating or drinking from the patient's tray.
Avoid visiting the hospital when sick with a communicable disease
and especially during times of high levels of community illness.
Practice good handwashing.
Visitors should wash their hands after assisting any patient-care
activity, after using the restroom, and before eating.
Visitors are not permitted in the Operating Room, the Post-Operative Recovery area,
the Central Processing area, the Soiled Utility areas, the Linen Service areas,
Food Preparation areas, or the Pantry.