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Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro Infection Control Expert Recommends Rips For Preventing Colds and Other Viruses
04/07/2008

WINNSBORO, Texas, — Flu season has come and gone, but experts at Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro (PHW) still recommend proper hand hygiene practices to prevent cold and other viruses from catching up with people.

“Every day I touch doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards, phones and other random items that could contain flu and cold viruses,” said Dr. David Harrison, director of emergency medicine and a physician on the medical staff at PHW. “If I touch my nose, eyes or mouth after touching a contaminated surface and not washing my hands, I run a higher risk of catching a cold.”

Harrison recommends frequent hand washing, as well as the use of hand sanitizers.

“The reality is that not all situations are convenient to water and soap,” Harrison said. “Hand sanitizing gels, when used properly, are a good alternative when visible dirt isn’t present.”

Harrison reminds parents to keep gel sanitizers out of the reach of children.

“Young children may confuse the gel for something to drink, and older children may not understand that the alcohol contained in the gels is poison,” Harrison said. “The sanitizers should not be ingested.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, additional ways to prevent spreading viruses are:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze — throw the tissue away after you use it.
  • Stay away as much as you can from people who are sick.
  • If you get sick, stay home from work or school and do not go near other people so that you don't make them sick.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs often spread this way.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro
Guided by its mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro is a 50-bed facility offering a wide range of services including general surgery, outpatient services, a 24-hour emergency department and a wound care center with hyperbaric unit. The hospital is a member of Texas Health Resources. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 1-800-4-Presby or visit www.PHSCare.org/PHW.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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