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All patients (adults, children and babies) are at risk of
getting illnesses caused by germs found in hospitals. Many germs
are spread from person to person simply by touching (i.e. germs on
hands after touching a piece of equipment or a sick child).
Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers should wash their
hands before and after each patient they see. It is policy at The
Royal Children's Hospital to practice hand hygiene and for
staff to instruct visitors to perform hand hygiene. All parents,
patients and caregivers should ask staff members "Have you washed
There are many different types of germs, such as viruses or
bacteria. Germs can make people sick. You can get germs
on your hands when you touch objects and when you touch other
people. Once germs are on your hands, they can get inside your body
through a wound or when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth. You can
also spread germs on your hands to objects or people that you
touch. The most common infections are spread through touching.
Washing your hands and your children's hands is the best thing you can do to stop the spread of germs. There are also antiseptic 'gels' that
you can rub into your hands to stop the spread of infections in the
hospital. You will find these gels in the wards and around the
hospital. The Equipment
Distribution Centre also stocks hand gels for
purchase. You can also purchase them from supermarkets and pharmacies.
Developed by the
Infection Control Department. First published
2004. November 2010.