Canton-Potsdam Hospital encourages safety around infectious patients with new signage
Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 5:03 pm

Tracy Jarvis adjusts protective clothing for Chantal M. Rainville, who volunteered to model appropriate protective clothing for infectious conditions.

POTSDAM -- Chantal M. Rainville of Canton-Potsdam Hospital volunteered to be photographed for signage identifying appropriate protective clothing for staff and visitors entering rooms with infectious patients. Rainville is a nurse from the medical and surgical second floor of the hospital.

“We implemented this style of signage over a year ago,” said Nancy Wood, RN, Infection Prevention Nurse at the hospital. “Before then, the signs had to be read and staff and visitors found it difficult to comply with standard precautions. Now the signs provide a quick and easy-to-grasp visual cue, so compliance is much easier, and consequently we’re better able to safeguard patients and families,” she said.

Tracy Jarvis updates the signage regularly, using “models” familiar to staff members. Jarvis is a member of the Medical Staff Satisfaction Team and Administrative Assistant in the office of Corporate Communications at the hospital.