Infection Control

Friday, March 10, 2017

Every year, lives are lost because of the spread of infections in hospitals. Health care workers can take steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Dr. Edward Hill explains how in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Infection prevention and control measures aim to ensure the protection of those who might be vulnerable to acquiring an infection both in the general community and while receiving care due to health problems, in a range of settings.

Here are some things that can be done to fight the spread of infection.

Proper hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infections in hospitals. If you are a patient, dont be afraid to remind friends, family and health care providers to wash their hands before getting close to you.

Stay up-to-date with immunizations. Check with your health care provider about shots you may need.

Use gloves, masks and protective clothing

Make tissues and hand cleaners available

Follow hospital guidelines when dealing with blood or contaminated items

Cover your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of infections to others. Many diseases are spread through sneezes and coughs. When you sneeze or cough, the germs can travel three feet or more.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.