Infection Prevention is Everyone’s Responsibility

October 17, 2018

International Infection Awareness Week takes place every year during the third week of October to raise awareness of the critical role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety.  This year’s theme is Protecting Patients Everywhere. Join Memorial Healthcare in raising awareness about the importance of infection prevention in keeping patients safe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 25 people are diagnosed with healthcare-associated infections each year in the United States, and about 75,000 of those patients will die.  At Memorial Healthcare, preventing infection is our number one goal.  Whether it is at an outpatient clinic, Emergency Department, or at a long-term care facility we are committed to keeping our patients safe from infection.

Studies show that hand hygiene is the single most important, simplest, and least expensive means of reducing and preventing the spread of health care associated infections.  Use the following basic hand washing steps to keep you safe:

  1. Wet hands with water
  2. Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces
  3. Rub palms together
  4. Scrub all surfaces of the hands for at least 15 seconds
  5. Be sure to include back of hands, finger tips, thumbs and wrists
  6. Rinse hands with water
  7. Dry thoroughly with a paper towel
  8. Use dry paper towel to turn off the faucet

There are many different types of germs and infections inside and outside of the healthcare setting.  Despite the variety of viruses and bacteria, germs spread from person to person.  Infection prevention is an ongoing process at Memorial Healthcare.  Keeping patients safe from infection is everyone’s responsibility. From nurses to doctors, environmental services to the OR, everyone follows healthcare protocols to prevent infections.