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How to Protect Yourself

Keep your distance 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms such as a new or worsening cough, fever, diarrhea or vomiting, please don’t visit a patient or resident in a hospital or long-term care home.
  • If you’re a patient experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, tell a member of your health care team immediately.
  • To reduce the chance of infection, avoid direct interaction with other patients.
Clean Your Hands
Eastern Health has alcohol-based hand rub dispensers (ABHRs) throughout its facilities, and we encourage you to use them frequently. Also, we encourage you to wash your hands regularly, especially:
  • Before entering and immediately after leaving your room;
  • Before you eat or drink;
  • After using the toilet or bedpan;
  • After touching hospital equipment;
  • After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing;
  • Before and after any direct contact with a patient; and
  • Upon entrance to and exit from the health care facility.
Remember: it’s okay to ask visitors and members of your health care team to wash their hands before and after they see you.
Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Additional precautions are sometimes needed to help in the prevention and the spread of infection to other patients, visitors and staff.
If you see a sign on your loved one’s room door indicating this, you may be required to wear the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), i.e. gloves, gowns, mask and/or eye protection, etc. during your visit. Check with the nursing staff before entering the room.

Learn more
  • To learn more about prevention, check out our Education Resources for patients, families and health professionals alike.


Updated Sep 16, 2015