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APIC Issues Recommendations on How to Have a Healthy Hospital Stay
Date:3/3/2008

the scenes to help prevent infections. All facilities should have an Infection Prevention and Control Professional (ICP) - a qualified nurse or professional dedicated to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. If you have questions about your risk of infection, ask to see the ICP.

5) Hand Hygiene

Germs can hide on many surfaces in the hospital - including bed rails, stethoscopes, faucets and even the TV remote control. You can pick up these germs on your hands, so keep hands away from your wound and your face, and wash your hands frequently. Your room should be cleaned with disinfectant regularly. Be bold - it's not impolite to insist that anyone who touches you - including doctors, nurses and visitors - wash their hands with soap or a 60 percent alcohol hand sanitizer.

APIC's mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. The Association's nearly 12,000 members have primary responsibility for infection prevention and hospital epidemiology around the globe. APIC advances its mission through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance, public policy, and credentialing. Visit APIC online at http://www.apic.org.


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