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International Infection Prevention Week

Break the Chain of Infection

Learn how to break the chain of infection in healthcare settings.

Here are the top 10 things you can do:

  1. Speak up for your care and ask plenty of questions when you go into any healthcare facility. Don’t be shy.
  2. Clean your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer often.
  3. Ask about safe injection practices. Remember: One needle, one syringe, only one time.
  4. Ask to have your room cleaned if it looks dirty.
  5. Ask questions about the medications that are prescribed to you. Know what they are for, how to take them, and how often you should take them. If you are prescribed antibiotics, take all of them—even if you start to feel better.
  6. Ask if you should shower with a germ killing soap before having surgery.
  7. Ask each day if you still need a catheter.
  8. Ask about vaccines you need to stay healthy.
  9. Know about infection preventionists. These “germ sleuths” work every day to protect you. They use their detective skills to find the bad germs and keep them from making you sick.
  10. Become familiar with healthcare-associated infections. HAIs are infections that patients can get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions.

It’s also important to know how to be a good visitor! Read more...


Clean hands stop germs

Handwashing with soap is an easy, effective, and affordable do-it-yourself protection that prevents infections and saves lives.

Handwashing with soap is one of the most important public health interventions in the world.

Every year, 1.7 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia. Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent these diseases. This simple behavior can save lives, cutting diarrhea by almost one-half and acute respiratory infections by nearly one-quarter. Handwashing with soap impacts not just health and nutrition, but also education, economics, and equity. We like to call this the HN3E argument. You can learn more about the role handwashing plays here.

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