Infection prevention at Highland Hospital Infection Prevention All members of our health care team strive to prevent infections in our patients and to prevent the spread of contagious diseases from one person to another. We use a system known as universal (or standard) precautions that includes hand hygiene (note: waterless gel is an excellent option) before and after contact with patients and wearing special attire (such as gloves, masks, goggles, aprons, or gowns) during various examinations, testing and treatment procedures. Hand hygiene is also very important for you and your visitors while you are in the hospital. If you have a highly contagious disease, you will be placed on isolation precautions in order to prevent the spread of infection to other patients and staff. Your nurse will explain the requirements and procedures used. If you would like additional information or have questions regarding infection prevention, ask your nurse to contact the Infection Control Practitioner for you. You may also request the information pamphlet about isolation from your nurse.