When Flu Season arrives, Lewistown Hospital is prepared to care for its patients and employees with some very effective initiatives and by providing educational resources about combating the flu and other hospital-acquired infections.
Patients are encouraged to take an active role in their health care and preventing infections by educating themselves, providing complete and accurate information to the care providers, and not hesitating to ask questions.
Not just during Flu Season, but every day, Lewistown Hospital utilizes programs to educate patients and staff about infection risk factors and actively engages in methods to prevent infections. Some of the programs the Hospital is currently involved in include: Surgical Care Improvement Project, ongoing surveillance, and Joint Commission's "Speak-Up" program, which includes safety tips for surgical patients and infection prevention, and empowering patients to ask their care providers if they washed their hands.
The Infection Control Committee meets regularly to review and discuss the latest information addressing the prevention and control of infections. Infectious Disease specialists from Hershey Medical Center also come to the Hospital routinely for consultation.
Lewistown Hospital strives to educate patients about infection risk factors and prevention tips that help empower their decision-making and make them active participants in their health care. The public plays a vital role in helping reduce infections through hand washing, listening to physician advice, adhering to isolation precautions during hospital visits, and not making hospital visits when ill, the public can play an important role in reducing the spread of infections.