Infection Control


Brittany Dillon, RN, BSN, DIRECTOR
(985) 795-4316

The Infection Prevention and Control Department at Riverside Medical Center works in all areas of the hospital to provide quality patient care. Infection prevention is maintained by monitoring infectious processes in order to reduce the occurrence of infectious disease. Education is provided to staff regarding proper technique, isolation procedures and the wearing of personal protective equipment.The department also works closely with the Office of Public Health to provide current information to the public on topics such as vaccinations, preventing spread of disease, proper hand hygiene and any other concerns of public health.

Although there are many suggestions on how to stay healthy and reduce the risk of spreading germs, the most important one is, goo hand hygiene. Handwashing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (think Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

HOW TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR HANDS:
•    Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
•    Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
•    Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
•    Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
•    Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU DON’T HAVE SOAP AND CLEAN, RUNNING WATER?

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

How do you use hand sanitizers?
•    Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
•    Rub your hands together.
•    Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

For the most up to date information on how to keep you and your family healthy, visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/
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The mission of Riverside Medical Center is to provide high quality health care services in a safe, compassionate and cost efficient environment to the residents of Washington Parish and the surrounding area.
Riverside Medical Center
Address:   1900 Main Street
                   Franklinton, Louisiana
                   70438-3688

Phone:      (985) 839-4431
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