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When you go into a hospital or other healthcare setting to
receive care, you become vulnerable to catching infections. Each year,
approximately 1 in 25 people in the U.S. get infections in hospitals while
being treated for something else. Unfortunately, nearly 75,000 people in
hospitals die each year with these infections—many of which could have been
prevented with proper infection prevention practices.
There are many different germs inside and outside of the healthcare setting. And these germs spread in many different ways. For example, germs can spread from person to person and from objects to people. To stop germs from infecting people, healthcare professionals, patients, and families need to work together to stay healthy.
It takes a chain reaction of events for infections to spread to others. The way to stop germs from spreading is by interrupting the chain.
Here are the top 10 things you can do to Break the Chain of Infection:
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The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. Our mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection.