Consumer Guide to Health Care
Your Role in Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections
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As a patient, you can play an important role in preventing
infections in the hospital or other health care settings. Who is at risk of acquiring
- Surgical patients or any patient with open wounds.
- Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) with central line catheters. (A
central line catheter is a tube that is passed through a vein to end up in the
heart or the large vein returning blood to the heart.)
- Patients on ventilators (machines that help patients breathe).
- All patients in hospitals and nursing homes. These places have the
potential for transmission of Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) from
poor hand hygiene.
- Patients with urinary catheters (tubes placed in the urinary tract).
What can a patient do to help prevent healthcare associated infections?
Here are several good overviews:
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March 15, 2013