Our surgery centers continue to meet and exceed appropriate infection control standards and report lower infection rates relative to the national average. You can positively play a role in preventing infection.
The top 7 ways to protect yourself from infection:
- Keep your incision clean and dry.
- Strictly follow instructions on changing your dressing, washing hands before and after changing you dressing.
- Maintain high-hygiene standards (e.g., wearing clean clothing and regularly showering with protective covering over the incision).
- Discuss antibiotics with your doctor prior to any dental or medical procedure after surgery and tell them you have had recent surgery.
- Stay completely away from tubs, baths, swimming pools, hot tubs, and lakes until your doctor tells you it is safe to do so.
- If you develop a wound that is healing poorly anywhere on your body, have them evaluated promptly by a physician.
- Take antibiotic medications if instructed by your surgeon.