The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued its advice to help patients avoid health care-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The CDC recommends the following to patients:
- Speak Up. Talk to your doctor and ask questions about what they’re doing to protect you from HAIs.
- Keep Clean. All health care personnel should wash their hands before touching you.
- Know Your Antibiotics. Ask if there will be any tests to see which antibiotic will be most effective for you.
- Know Infection Signs. HAI infections such as MRSA cause skin redness or pain. Tell your doctor if you have these symptoms.
- Watch for Diarrhea. If you have three diarrhea episodes in 24 hours, especially after taking antibiotics, tell your doctor.
- Get Vaccinated. Vaccination against the flu and other infections can help protect you from HAIs.
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