Learn common strategies to protect yourself from getting and spreading infections during your hospital stay.
Avoid catching and spreading germs through proper hand washing and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Understand the common signs and symptoms of infections, and the treatment methods often used to heal them.
Follow these strategies to help prevent the spread of germs and infection during your at-home recovery.
Learn what the MRSA infection is, how you can help prevent its spread while you are in the hospital, and how it is treated.
Watch how using an incentive spirometer exercises your lungs after surgery, helps to prevent infections and improves lung function.
Learn how to prevent the spread of germs and how to be alert for signs of infection while recovering from surgery.
Bloodstream Infections can be a life-threatening complication during a hospital stay. Patients are an important part of the teamwork necessary for prevention. Learn how infections in the bloodstream occur and what can patients can do to help prevent them.
Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Learn more about MRSA and simple steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one.
A ventilator can be a lifesaving machine that helps patients who cannot breathe on their own, but conditions requiring ventilator use can also increase a patient's chance of getting an infection. This program will talk about the risk of infections that may occur with ventilator use as well as the steps healthcare personnel should take to prevent such infections.
Every year in the United States, more people die from healthcare-associated infections than from breast cancer, car accidents and AIDS combined. Proper hand cleansing by everyone who comes in contact with a patient can lower the risk of getting a deadly infection.
A clean and sanitized hospital room is critical for preventing the spread of infection. Learn what to expect from the visit of an Environmental Services Professional who cleans and disinfects your room. Patients will also discover what they and their families can do to assist in keeping their environment clean and safe.
After surgery, it's very important to guard against infection, especially at the site of the incision, or surgical wound. This program will teach patients signs of infection to watch out for and what they can do to help prevent infection after surgery.
Learn about your role in preventing the spread of infection when you become an active member of your, or a loved ones, healthcare team.
C. difficile is an infection from bacteria that can grow in your digestive tract and cause unpleasant symptoms, such as severe diarrhea. C. difficile infection can also be life-threatening. While there are effective treatments, preventing C. difficile infection is a much better option.
Learn simple things you can do in the hospital, at home, and out in your community to prevent the spread of germs and infection.
Sometimes called blood poisoning, sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of a bloodstream infection that can damage multiple organs in the body. This program will explain signs and symptoms that might point to this dangerous condition.
There's been a rapid rise in the emergence of bacteria that don't respond to traditional antibiotics. This makes bacterial infections a serious threat. This program will describe signs that an antibiotic may not be working as well as steps your healthcare providers can take to help prevent the development of resistance to antibiotics.
An IV delivers fluids and medicine to the body. Unfortunately, they can also result in a serious infection if not maintained properly. Health care professionals, patients and their families must all work together to prevent these dangerous conditions.
Watch this program to learn about the flu virus, the importance of getting vaccinated, and treatment options.