Preventing Infection

In Milton Keynes we do as much as we can to protect our patients – but need your continuing support to stop avoidable infections starting.

To achieve the objective of minimising infection and safeguarding your health it is important that you observe the following personal care.

You can help by:

  • Bathing or showering before being admitted to hospital
  • Use the Octenisan® wash as instructed on page 12
  • Bring a daily change of clean clothes
  • Wash your hands or request a hand wipe before eating
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet
  • Do not share toiletries with other patients

We also ask you to make use of the hand sanitiser that is provided, on entering and leaving the ward. This will assist in reducing infections but does not protect against the Flu virus, c difficile or the winter vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

Please ask staff to wash their hands or use the hand sanitiser before attending to you.

To keep our high standards of infection prevention and for safety reasons, we do not allow flowers or potted plants on any of the wards.

Keeping warm before, during and after surgery is important, because it can reduce postoperative complications.

If you are very cold (temperature <36°) you may be at greater risk of:

  • Heart problems
  • Infection
  • Blood loss
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Increased length of hospital stay after the operation

The hospital can be colder than your home so to help us ensure you remain warm:

  • Please bring additional warm clothing, such as dressing gown, a vest and slippers
  • Do tell the staff that are caring for you, if you feel cold at any time during your hospital stay

If you become cold during the operation, you may wake up with a warming blanket in the recovery room.

The use of Octenisan (Octenidine)

Last Modified: 8:04am 23/08/2021