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Know the Top 10 Ways Patients and Families can Prevent Infection

Infection prevention starts with you! Everyone plays a role in infection prevention—patients, families, and healthcare personnel. You play an important role in infection prevention—in and out of healthcare facilities. Click here.

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Why and How to Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

Glucose monitoring shows how food, medicine, exercise, and stress a can affect blood sugar levels. For helpful tips and to learn more about this important topic, click here.

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What Patient's Need to Know about Safe Medical Injections

Most healthcare providers follow safe injection practices. Though not common, unsafe practices sometimes occur. Healthcare providers can spread diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV if they reuse injection equipment like needles or syringes on more than one patient or to access vials that are shared between patients. Click here to learn more.

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Wash Your Hands

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Washing your hands is easy, and it's one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Click here for more tips to stay healthy.

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How Patients Can Help Protect Against C. difficile

When taking antibiotics, good germs that protect against infection are destroyed for several months. During this time, patients can get sick from C. difficile picked up from contaminated surfaces or spread from a health care provider's hands. Click here for tips from the CDC.

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What You Should Know Before Surgery

This article provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discusses what you should know before surgery to help reduce the possibility of a surgical site infection.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Patients

This article provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discusses safe injection practices as a set of measures taken to perform injections in an optimally safe manner for patients, healthcare personnel, and others.

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Empower your patients to protect themselves by asking questions?

The following CDC Hand Hygiene Saves Lives: Patient Admission video shows examples of patients and family members asking their healthcare professionals if they've washed their hands. It's essential in helping to prevent infections.

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Ways to remind healthcare professionals to wash their hands

The following link to the CDC Clean Hands Count for Patients offers patients and their loved ones on how to ask and remind healthcare providers to clean their hands. It also provides information on when to clean their hands, how to clean their hands and lists other facts too.

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Patient empowerment as a hand hygiene strategy

The following article from Infection Control Today (ICT) references the hesitancy of patients to voice their concerns to healthcare workers concerning hand hygiene.

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Patients Can 'Be The Difference' in Hand Hygiene Efforts

This article also talks about patients helping to make a difference when it comes to controlling infections. Patients also have a responsibility to adhere to hand hygiene and infection control efforts. That responsibility extends to their visitors as well.