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CDC Offers Help in HAI Patient Safety

March 20, 2017
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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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