Client Information Booklet
Home Care Medical has an infection control policy designed to reduce the spread of infection. Controlling the spread of infectious disease means interrupting the way the illness travels from an infected person to a non-infected person. We use and recommend frequent and thorough hand washing, tool cleaning and protective barriers to accomplish this. Maintaining good personal hygiene and regular household cleaning are effective ways in preventing the spread of infection. Helpful infection control measures are listed below.
Washing Your Hands
- Turn on the water. Wet hands and wrists. Work up a good lather and rub well.
- Clean your whole hand, under the nails, between the fingers and up to your wrists for at least 15 seconds.
- Rinse hands well and let the water run off your fingertips, not your wrists or arms.
- Dry hands thoroughly with a paper towel. Turn off the water with a paper towel to keep your hands clean.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Before and after preparing, serving or eating food.
- After using the toilet, after blowing or wiping your nose, after contacting your own or someone else’s body fluid or after outside activities.
Maintain Good Personal Hygiene and Habits
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Wash your hands afterwards. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your arm.
- Do not share food or drink with others.
- Do not share personal grooming items: razors, toothbrushes, combs, undergarments, hairbrushes, towels or wash cloths.
Clean Your Household and Contaminated Equipment Regularly and Thoroughly
- Do not use the same sponge to clean the bathroom and the kitchen.
- Do not clean bed pans, urinals or commode seats in your kitchen sink.
- Disinfect mops and sponges weekly by soaking them in one part bleach and nine parts water for five minutes.
Decrease Your Exposure to People with Infectious Diseases. Recognize the General Signs of Infection and Contact Your Health Care Professional if You Experience:
- Fever or chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Persistent diarrhea
- Inflamed skin – red, hot, swollen or rash
- Sore throat
- Painful urination
- Skin lesions with pus