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Infection Prevention

Who is "Infection Prevention?"

Infection Preventionists are among the many experts who help protect you from healthcare-associated infections. They work in many healthcare settings to keep you, visitors, volunteers, employees, and healthcare providers safe from infection.

What are Healthcare-Associated infections?

Healthcare-associated infections can occur as a result of the care or treatment that a patient receives.

How does Infection Prevention affect the care I receive?

Infection prevention partners with members of your healthcare team and use proven methods to ensure that you stay safe from healthcare-associated infections during your stay.
You may notice the presence of Infection Prevention activities throughout the facility:
• Alcohol-based hand rubs
• Hand Washing Stations
• Disinfectant Wipes
• "Cover your Cough, Clean your hands" and Social Distancing signs
• Healthcare providers wearing masks, gloves, and gowns
• Evidence that surfaces + equipment are being cleaned

What do I need to know to stay safe?

Your direct care providers are concerned about your health and safety. They want you to have a voice and participate in care. You and your family are important members of the healthcare team.
• Wash your hands or use alcohol based hand rubs.
• Get your Influenza and other vaccines.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes.
• Social Distance from others.
• Use protective equipment when needed in our facility - masks, gloves, gowns.
• Help keep our hospital clean.

Please speak up!

Do not feel shy about asking for more information about your care. Infection Prevention is everyone's business.
Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand rubs often and ask your caregivers and visitors to do the same. This is one of the most important ways to prevent infection.

Your safety is our #1 priority.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Miriam Natal, RN
Infection Prevention Director
Ph: 432-464-2379

How can I learn more about Infection Prevention?
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about how infections spread, ways to prevent the spread of infections, and more detailed recommendations by type of healthcare setting.

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