Hospitals are where we go to get well, which also means there are lots of germs and the potential for infection. Hospitals do their best to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections, infections you can pick up in a hospital.
Some common types of hospital infections can be prevented by washing your hands well and encouraging others to do the same.
The most common types of hospital-acquired infections are:
- Surgical site infections
- Infections related to catheters, IVs and central lines
- Infections related to urinary catheters
- Lung and respiratory infections
What does good hand washing look like?
Wet your hands under the faucet. Soap and lather your hands by rubbing them together.
Scrub your fingers, under your nails, between your fingers and the backs of your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Rinse your hands under the faucet and dry them using a clean paper towel or towel.
(adapted from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Speak Up to Prevent Infection video (The Joint Commission)
- What You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Clean Hands Count (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
In alignment with national initiatives to prevent central line infections (CLABSI), Central Line Safety for Kids engages pediatric patients and their families in caring for a central line.
Central Line Safety for Kids teaches kids and families evidence-based practices for safety and care of central lines, focusing on hygiene and patient safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.