Infection Prevention & Control

Infection prevention and control guidelines reduce risks of infections and contribute to client safety.

Prevent Infections at Home:

  • Infection Prevention & ControlKeep your immune system strong. Eat well, get regular exercise, and get a good night’s sleep.
  • Keep your Immunizations current. Get your annual flu shot and review additional immunizations you may require with your provider.
  • Keep shared surfaces clean. Doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards and other surfaces can become contaminated with all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces can help.
  • Cover up when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue and dispose of it as soon as possible. If you do not have a tissue, raise your arm up to your face to cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Always clean your hands immediately after. Do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • If you get sick, stay home. If you go out when you are sick, you may spread your illness to co-workers, classmates, neighbours, or others. When you are well rested you increase the chances of getting better faster. Return to work when you no longer have a fever and your cough is improving.

Prevent Infections at Gateway CHC:

  • Stay at home if you have flu-like symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath. Call the Centre and a Nurse Practitioner will call you back for assessment.

  • If arriving at the centre with symptoms of infection: cough, fever, shortness of breath, put on a mask and report to reception.
  • Wash Your Hands. Upon entrance and when leaving GCHC use the alcohol based hand rub provided.
  • Bring your own book. Reading materials such as magazines, newspapers, toys and other objects are not available in our waiting room to help promote infection control.