Infection Control

In the last 10 years, infections in hospitals have become an increasingly serious problem. Hospitalization has become a risk for infection. Therefore, we want you to understand ways you can assist us in reducing hospital infection.

The Infection Control team is the Western regions major resource for the promotion of sound hygiene and sanitization practices of aseptic technique and outbreak management and control.

Infection Control is everyone’s responsibility! Here are some ways you can help reduce the risk of hospital infections:

1. Handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Here is how it is done;

  • Use warm running water and soap.
  • Wet hands, lather and rub together, paying attention to fingernails, cuticles, around rings and under nails
  • Spend at least 10 seconds lathering and washing hands.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Dry with a paper towel and turn off tap with towel.

Always remember to wash your hands between contacts with more than one patient. Never share items from bed to bed as this maybe an ideal way to spread infection.

2. Know the Visiting Regulations for Acute Care Facilities:

  • Visiting hours are from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.
  • No more than two visitors are permitted at a time.
  • Children under 12 are not permitted to visit.
  • Never, under any circumstances, should you visit if you are feeling ill yourself.

There are times when it is necessary to limit and restrict visitors in an effort to control an outbreak of an infectious disease such as Influenza or Gastrointestinal Illness. At these times, guidelines are established to allow visiting under special circumstances such as for those patients/residents receiving Palliative Care.

3. Reduce Antibiotic Usage:

Many infections in hospitals are resistant to antibiotics. To help ensure germs do not get stronger and more resistant, make sure you and your family only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary. You may discuss this with your doctor.

Here are some ways the hospital is helping to decrease the risk of infections:

  1. The infection Control Team is monitoring the spread of infections in the hospital setting, including Methicillin - Resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA). Infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis, Meningitis and Influenza are identified in patients and appropriate isolation is implemented.
  2. Educating staff, visitors, patients and the general public on pertinent and current Infection Control issues is an important aspect of the Infection Control Program.
  3. The Infection Control Team members work in collaboration with all staff in the community, hospital and long term care facility to ensure we meet the needs of our patient, residents and staff.

Infection Control Nurse
Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital
142 Minnesota Drive
Stephenville, NL A2N 3X9

Infection Control Nurse
LeGrow Health Centre
P.O. Box 250
Port aux Basques, NL
A0M 1C0

Infection Control Nurse
Calder Health Care Centre
Burgeo, NL
A0M 1A0

Infection Control Nurse
Bonne Bay Health Center
Norris Point, NL
A0K 3B0

Infection Control Nurse
Rufus Guinchard Health Care Centre
P.O. Box 40
Port Saunders, NL
A0K 4H0

Infection Control Nurse
Bay St. George Senior Citizens Home
Stephenville, NL
A2N 2C0