10 Things You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient
Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from infections.
People receiving medical care can get serious infections called healthcare-associated infections, which may lead to sepsis or death. Healthcare-associated infections are not limited to hospitals. They can happen wherever patients receive medical care – outpatient clinics, dialysis centers, and long-term care facilities, but are often associated with the devices used in medical procedures, such as catheters or ventilators.
Infections in healthcare can be caused by bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, making them difficult to treat. Although national progress is being made to prevent infections in healthcare, more work is needed – especially in fighting antibiotic resistant bacteria. As a patient, you can help prevent the spread of infections and improve antibiotic use.
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