When you visit National Jewish Health, let the health care providers know if you/your child has an MDRO. Standard precautions are taken to prevent the spread of MDRO at National Jewish Health.
Standard precautions means you/your child will follow these guidelines:
- You/your child will be in a private room during the stay at National Jewish Health. Movement outside the room is limited.
- Special cleanser is available in the room for hand washing. Hand washing is recommended before leaving the room.
- A gown and gloves are worn by people who enter you/your child’s room if contact with body fluids is suspected. These are removed before leaving the room.
- A mask may also need to be worn, depending on you/your child’s symptoms and culture results. In this case, a mask will also need to be worn by the patient when leaving the room.
These measures will help prevent the spread of MDRO. Remember, preventing the spread of MDRO is important, because MDRO can be difficult to treat.
In certain areas of National Jewish Health we may also initiate contact precautions in addition to standard precautions.
Proper Hand Washing
Although hand washing seems simple, make sure the hand washing is effective to prevent the spread of MDRO. Use liquid soap and scrub your hands using plenty of lather for 10-15 seconds. Rinse your hands and dry them completely.
If you are away from soap and water, alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
While Visiting National Jewish Health
In general, healthy people are at low risk for getting infected with MDRO. Good hand washing is recommended for family and visitors before leaving the room of a person infected with MDRO. Gloves and a gown should be worn if contact with body fluids is suspected.
Again, healthy people are at low risk for getting infected with MDRO. In the home, follow these guidelines:
- Caregivers should wash their hands with soap and water after contact with the infected person and before leaving home.
- Towels used for drying hands should be used only once.
- Disposable gloves should be worn if contact with body fluids is suspected.
- Linens (bed sheets, bath and hand towels) should be changed and washed routinely, especially if they are soiled.
- Let each health care provider know the patient is colonized/infected with MDRO.
Remember, preventing the spread of MDRO is important because MDRO can be difficult to treat.