Hand hygiene is very important to prevent all kinds of infections. All patients and visitors should clean their hands when they come to the ward. All staff should clean their hands before touching a patient. Feel free to ask us if we have cleaned our hands or remind us to clean our hands!
In addition you should:
- Have a balanced diet
- Avoid smoking
- Have a shower or bath with soap either the day before or on the day of your operation
- Do not use a razor to remove hair near where your operation will be (the chest, the back or the neck depending on your procedure). Razors can cause invisible grazes on the skin which increase the risk of infection.
- If you have diabetes, keep blood sugar levels within the target range
We do extra things to reduce the risk of infection. These include using sterile equipment, giving one off doses of antibiotics and keeping you warm during surgery.
Your wound will have a dressing at first, the skin can be cleaned with sterile saline for 48 hours after the operation. You can shower 48 hours after surgery.
We test everyone for MRSA before surgery.