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10 Tips to Prevent Hospital Infections

People go to hospitals to get well. But all too often, they leave with an illness they didn’t have when they arrived, such as MRSA, Staph or C. difficile. Antibiotic resistant superbug infections are on the rise and they are easiest to catch in hospitals or other healthcare facilities. Fortunately, these troublesome infections are preventable with a little knowledge and some simple precautions, as shown in the infographic below.

Healthcare infection info-graphic

The “How” section of the info-graphic below shows 10 tips to protect yourself from healthcare and hospital infections. The infographic also answers the “who, what, where, when and why” questions about hospital infections, surgical site infections and healthcare-associated MRSA.

 

How to prevent health care infections

 

Hospitals have been a breeding ground for disease for as long as they’ve existed. Even in our modern world of cutting-edge medicine, bacteria evolve quickly to keep pace with the latest medical advances and newest antibiotics. The result is a growing number of so-called “superbug” bacterial infections, including MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staph aureus), VRE (Vancomycin resistant Enterococci), CRE (Carbapenemen resistant Enterobacteriaceae), C. difficile and several others.

These infections are a real risk we are exposed to more often than we realize. But the tips and techniques above will go a long way toward keeping you safe. If this infographic has been helpful to you, please share it with others you care about.

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