You go to the hospital to get well, right? Of course, but did you know that patients can get infections in the hospital while they are being treated for something else? Here are ten things you can do to be a safe patient.
Do you plan to go to the hospital today for an emergency? No one does!
Imagine a scenario like the following:
- Your mother starts having chest pain.
- Your son breaks his ankle during football practice.
- Your spouse is in a car accident.
Thankfully, you are told that your loved one is going to recover, but will spend some time in the hospital. However, extra time in the hospital can also put patients at risk for a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), such as a blood, surgical site, or urinary tract infection.Every day, patients get infections in healthcare facilities while they are being treated for something else. These infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical effects. Worst of all, they can be deadly.
Healthcare procedures can leave you vulnerable to germs that cause HAIs. These germs can be spread in healthcare settings from patient to patient on unclean hands of healthcare personnel or through the improper use or reuse equipment.
These infections are not limited to hospitals. For example, in the past 10 years alone, there have been more than 30 outbreaks of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in non-hospital healthcare settings such as outpatient clinics, dialysis centers, and long-term care facilities.
Fortunately, the solution is clear. To prevent HAIs, everyone – you, your healthcare providers, and your visitors, should follow infection prevention procedures as described below.
See more: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/patientSafety/pat