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Reduce the Spread of Germs that Make You & Others Sick

• Recipient of the HealthGrades 2009 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Three Years in a Row (2007-2009)

• Ranked Among the Top 5% of All Hospitals in the Nation for Patient Safety in 2009

• 1 of only 242 Hospitals in the Nation to Receive the HealthGrades 2009 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Hand Hygiene
What You Can Do
Having clean hands is crucial to preventing the spread germs and infection whether at home or in the hospital.

Cover Your Cough



• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue OR use your upper sleeve, not your hands.
• You may be asked to wear a surgical mask to protect others.

• Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
• Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds OR use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

While in the Hospital
• Ask all health care workers who have contact with you if they have cleaned/washed their hands.
• Ask your family and friends to clean/wash their hands upon entering your room.

What We Can Do
• Health care workers will wash/clean their hands before and after they care for you.

Respiratory Hygiene
What You Can Do
• Use your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze rather than your hands.

While in the Hospital
• Inform caregivers if you are coughing up bloody mucous.
• Wear a protective mask if asked to do so.
• Depending on your illness, staff and visitors may need to wear a mask as well.

Contact Precautions
While in the Hospital
• Your caregiver will go over specific requirements with you if needed.
• Depending on your illness, others may need to protect themselves by not touching surfaces or items you may have had contact with. And they may be required to wear a protective gown and gloves around you.

Trinity Clinic

Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 40 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving East Texas.

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