Hand hygiene is of the utmost importance at a hospital. Hospitals have high concentrations of very ill people, those with compromised immune systems, the very young and the very old. Patients are highly susceptible to bacteria and other pathogens.
Washing your hands is one of the most basic defenses against the spread of germs and bacteria. Hands commonly come in contact with the face, where germs easily enter through the mouth, nose and eyes. During flu season, it is especially important to follow basic hygiene rules to prevent the spread of flu viruses.
Hospital patients are susceptible to germs and are expected to follow general hygiene guidelines.
Visitors are also under an obligation to maintain hygiene habits when in the hospital. Patients are already in a compromised state and outside contaminates can be especially damaging. Consider the health of those you are visiting and those around you as you enter the hospital.