One of the most worrying issues for hospital patients and their relatives is infection, and it is always in the news. Here is some information about the different infections, what the hospital is doing to reduce them, and how patients and visitors can help.
When people talk about hospital acquired infections they usually mean MRSA or Clostridium difficile.
Widespread activity is taking place across York Hospital to reduce infections and make the environment in wards and clinics as safe as possible for our patients, focusing on prevention, practices and procedures. Read more about what we are doing here.
This is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of all infections. York Hospital is a pioneer site for the national 'clean your hands' campaign. Weekly hand hygiene observation monitors how well staff are doing.
Your help is equally important in helping reduce the spread of hospital infections.Please follow the links below for tips on good hand hygiene practice.
The short video below shows a step by step guide to good hand washing.
There are other ways in which you can help prevent infection from spreading whilst you are in hospital. You can download advice on this from our patient information leaflet here.
Multi-resistant bacteria are a group of germs that do not respond to some of the antibiotics that we commonly use to treat infection. Bacteria or germs are normally found on everyone both inside and outside the body and often live harmlessly inside your nose, mouth and on your skin. If they get into the wrong place at the wrong time, they can cause an infection. Being multi-resistant can often make them harder to treat. Our patient information leaflet explains more.
Norovirus is part of a group of viruses that are the most common cause of gastroenteritis (upset stomach) in the UK. It is also called the 'winter vomiting virus' because people usually get it during the winter months. Follow this link for advice and more information about Norovirus.
Sometimes we choose to close a ward as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of infection. You can download our patient information leaflet which gives more information about this.
A list of our infection prevention policies is available here.
We recently held our 8th Annual Infection Prevention Conference, 'ORMIC'. You can access the presentations from the day below.