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Prevent Infection

  • Wash your hands.
    • Use soap and warm water rubbing palms, fingernails, in between fingers, and the backs of each hand for at least 15 seconds.
    • Alcohol based hand sanitizers can also be used as a substitute if your hands do not look dirty.
    • Always wash your hands before eating or touching food, after you use the bathroom, take out the trash, change a diaper, come in contact with someone who is ill, or play with a pet.
  • Make sure healthcare providers clean their hands or wear gloves.
    • Before they treat you, ask your caregiver whether or not they have washed their hands.
    • Gloves are often worn whenever there is the possibility of your caregiver coming in contact with your bodily fluids. If you feel your healthcare provider should be wearing gloves, do not hesitate to express this.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
    • Whenever you cough or sneeze, germs can travel 3 feet or more. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the bend of your elbow to help prevent others from getting sick.
  • If you are sick, avoid close contact with others.
  • Get shots to avoid diseases and fight the spread of infection.
    • Make sure your vaccinations are current. Talk to your doctor about what vaccinations may be appropriate for you. Vaccinations are currently available to prevent:
      • Chicken pox
      • Measles
      • Tetanus
      • Shingles
      • Flu
      • Whooping cough (also known as Pertussis)
      • German measles (also known as Rubella)
      • Pneumonia
      • Mumps
      • Diphtheria
      • Hepatitis
      • Meningitis
      • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Source: The Joint Commission