Infections can occur after many types of medical procedures. This is particularly true if you are having surgery. There are several things you can do to avoid getting an infection in the hospital:
Source: National Patient Safety Foundation, http://www.npsf.org. Click here for a downloadable Adobe Acrobat brochure.
Infections that occur in the hospital setting are often due to bacteria that have acquired resistance to commonly used antibiotics. Two of the most common resistant bacteria are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).
A group of the leading infection control and infectious disease societies of America have authored patient fact sheets to assist health care providers teach patients and families about infection prevention and control. These fact sheets are useful to help patients and families understand measures to prevent infection when devices such as ventilators, urinary catheters and central lines are necessary and provide education about hospital infections such as C. difficile or MRSA.