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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Infection control precautions

Handwashing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting, and respiratory disease. Use liquid soap, warm water and paper towels / hand dryer. Cover all cuts and abrasions with waterproof dressings.

Always wash your hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food, and after contact with anyone who is unwell.
Use the dedicated toilets (pink signs) if you are unwell, and for 48 hours after your symptoms have gone. If you are not unwell, do not use the pink sign toilets: only use the toilets with a green sign.

If you are unwell, and for 48 hours afterwards, try to stay in your room and limit visitors as much as you can. It's not practical to achieve complete isolation, but the more you can stay away from residents who are well, the sooner this outbreak will die out.

Try not to invite guests from outside the Hall to come in while this outbreak is ongoing. If you do have outside guests, warn them about washing their hands.

If you are unwell, and for 48 hours afterwards, do not touch or prepare food for anybody else.

Laundry: wash your bed sheets and clothes on the hottest temperature the fabric can take. Use the "whites" or "hot" feature on the washing machine; this should be up to 60 degrees - but make sure your clothes can be safely washed at this temperature first. Contact the Bursar's Office if you have any visibly soiled bed linen.

Coughing and sneezing easily spread infections.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Wash hands after using or disposing of tissues. Spitting should be discouraged.

Avoid touching your eyes and mouth. The most common route of infection is from your hands and into your body through the eyes or mouth when you touch your face.

Cleaning of the environment should be frequent, thorough and follow national guidance. We have increased our cleaning schedules and are using the recommended strength of bleach solution.