Each year, more than 2 million people get sick because of infections. Everyone can help prevent infection by keeping their hands clean and remembering to FOAM UP while in the hospital.
Protect your child by practicing good hand hygiene (cleaning your hands). There are about 3,000 bottles of antibacterial foam throughout our hospitals, as well as sinks and soaps. Children's has a strict hand hygiene policy for staff and doctors. The FOAM UP: Clean Your Hands Campaign encourages everyone, staff and visitors alike, to practice good hand hygiene. We want to make sure our patients are protected and given the best care possible at all times.
Keeping your own hands clean is one of the most important things you can do while your child is in the hospital. And it is OK to ask people who are visiting or who are taking care of your child if they have cleaned their hands as well. When they enter your child’s room just casually suggest, "Here, FOAM UP." It is simple as that.
Our hand hygiene teaching sheet
) provides more details about good hand hygiene. To prevent the spread of infection, including the flu, remember the following guidelines:
- Wash your hands for at least 15 seconds using soap and water.
- Use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer found in the dispensers inside and outside each patient room.