Combating hospital infections

Hospital infections occur in all hospitals and are usually caused by bacteria that the patient himself/herself is a carrier of or transferred by patients, visitors, or hospital employees, for instance due to the inadequate application of hand and coughing hygiene procedures.

The bacteria and viruses that are transferred can make people ill under certain circumstances. In particular, people with weaker immune systems are susceptible to infections such as bronchial infections, urinary tract infections, or wound infections.

Properly adhering to the hygiene measures forms the basis for prevention of the transfer of bacteria and viruses from one patient to another, or from visitors and hospital employees to patients.

How you can help

As a patient or visitor, you can make a contribution to preventing the emergence of hospital infections:

  • wash your hands with soap and water before eating and after going to the toilet or coughing onto your hands
  • for general bodily hygiene, use your own, clean toiletries, sponges, towels etc.
  • don't touch wounds, catheters, or bandages
  • cough into the crook of your arm or use a paper tissue
  • after use, dispose of paper tissues in the waste bin straight away
  • as a visitor, don't visit a patient if you have an infection or a cold or if you feel feverish or as if you may have flu
  • don't let small children crawl on the floor
  • stick to the rules of the visiting regulations, including rules on the maximum number of visitors
  • certain wards do not allow plants or flowers to be brought in, so please take account of this

Resistance to antibiotics

The number of bacteria that are becoming resistant to the standard antibiotics used is increasing. The Maastricht UMC+ does everything possible to combat the spread of these resistant bacteria, such as the MRSA bacteria. Read more in the brochure Being MRSA Positive in the hospital and at home.