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Break the Chain of Infection

by APIC category: Health

“I can break the chain of infection. Can you? Learn how and take the #infectionprevention pledge. #IIPW http://thndr.me/lLzm7y

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Break the Chain of Infection

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:

  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 and medical equipment cleaned if they look dirty.
  5. Ask questions about the medications that are prescribed to you and know the ABCs of Antibiotics. 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.

  

How to show your support

  1. At the top of the page, join our Thunderclap via Twitter, Facebook, and/or Tumblr, and invite your friends and followers to do the same.
  2. On October 19 at 12 p.m. EDT, you’ll see the message shared simultaneously on everyone's social media.


For more information about how to stay safe from infection, please visit 
apic.org/InfectionPreventionandYou  and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

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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.

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