Prevent Infection in Emergency Department

When you visit the emergency department, you become exposed to many different viruses and diseases. However, if you take basic precautions, you can minimize your risk of infection when you or a loved one need emergency care.

Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after visiting the emergency department. “Before we enter a room, we wash our hands and put gloves on,” says Charles H. Pancoast, MD, emergency medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. Pancoast_Charles“However, patients and their families also need to protect themselves.”

Keep children off the floor. While youngsters may want to crawl around, it is best to keep them on your lap. “We do not provide tables, chairs or toys for children because we do not want to spread germs,” says Pancoast. “Instead, we give every child a stuffed lamb that he or she can take home.”

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