According to the CDC,
On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients contract at least one infection during the course of their hospital care.Be an informed and empowered patient and play an active role in your care including questioning your healthcare team about infection control.
You can download this infographic from the CDC.
6 Ways To Be A Safe Patient
1. Speak Up. Talk to your doctor about infection and what they are doing to protect you.
- If you have a catheter, ask each day if it is necessary.
- Ask your doctor how he/she prevents surgical site infections
3. Monitor Antibiotics. Ask if a test will be done to make sure the right antibiotic is prescribed.
4. Watch for Infection. Some skin infections, such as MRSA, appear as redness, pain, or drainage at an IV catheter site or surgery site. Sometimes these symptoms come with a fever. Tell your doctor if you have these symptoms.
5. Monitor Diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you have 3 or more diarrhea episodes in 24 hours.
6. Vaccinate. Get vaccinated against flu and other infections to avoid complications.
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