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[OCT. 26, 2006]  Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is asking visitors to join in the fight to prevent infections acquired in health care settings.

The Protect Our Patients program is a national campaign designed to educate hospital patients and visitors on the steps they must take to prevent the spread of infection.

Fliers, posters and other educational tools are located throughout the hospital, reminding visitors to wash hands, use hand sanitizers, cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue or upper arm, and use disinfectant products at home.

ALMH's infection control specialist, Karen Cluver, R.N., CIC, reminds everyone that hospital patients are usually weak and more susceptible to infection. Each step that hospital visitors take to prevent the spread of infection will aid patient recovery.

She reminds all visitors to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering and when leaving a patient's room; and avoid touching anything used to care for the patient. Patients and visitors are encouraged to ask doctors and nurses if they have washed their hands before an examination.

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Cluver added, "If you wish to visit someone in the hospital and you don't feel well, it is best to stay home."

According to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, clean hands are the best protection against spreading germs and preventing infection. Everyone should clean their hands before eating, before and after changing wound dressings, and after contact with bodily fluids, touching animals or changing diapers.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a critical-access hospital and a 12-year affiliate of Memorial Health System. For more information on the services provided, visit

[Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital news release]


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