Patient safety

All patients in Espoo Hospital are entitled to good and safe quality care.

We continuously follow up the safety of the patients. We base our work for patient safety on  continuous risk assessment and development of operations.

The patient’s safety is everybody’s mutual goal and it is included in the job orientation for all new employees.

Infection control

Preventing infections is an important part of patient safety. In the hospital, we have a hygiene team that monitors and develops infection control in cooperation with all the hospital staff members. 

Patients

You can contribute to safety yourself by following these measures:

Hand hygiene:

  • Wash your hands after using the toilet, before meals and when hands are dirty.
  • Use hand sanitizer every time you leave your room and when you return.

Coughing and wiping your nose:

  • Cough into a tissue or your armpit, not in your hand.
  • Use hand sanitizer after blowing your nose.

Food:

  • Do not keep food or fruit that goes bad in your room. Spoilt food can give you a stomach ailment.

Belongings:

  • You can store your personal belongings in a cabinet in your room. You lock and unlock the cabinet with a bracelet. It is best to leave valuables at home. If you store your stuff in the cabinet or in a drawer, it is easier to keep table surfaces clean.

Medical items:

  • If you for example have a urinary catheter, a cannula or a bandage, avoid touching them. Our staff will tell you more.

Visitors

We ask visitors to consider the following:

  • Leave coats in the entrance hall.
  • Before you enter the ward, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.  That way you can contribute to the prevention of infections, such as gastric disease and influenza, from entering the ward.
  • Avoid visits when you are sick or someone at home is sick with a contagious disease.
  • Avoid strong perfume.