Infection Control Precautions for Visitors, Parents, and Family
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.