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Six Important Things to Know About Preventing Hospital Infections

out the hospital's procedure for identifying infection and don't forget to ask about custodial services. The infection-control team should make regular rounds to examine the environment and ensure all appropriate disinfection methods are followed. Also, inquire if the hospital has conducted emergency-preparedness training and, if so, have someone describe it for you.

"Don't shy away from being nosy and inquisitive," warns Shik. "As a consumer, you want to feel someone is listening to you and being forthright with you -- especially about a life-and-death matter."

Infection control is a constant challenge. That's why it's necessary for a hospital to retain a contingent of qualified, trained and enthusiastic sleuths with good science skills to be on continual alert. These personnel are essential to ensure that infection control ranks as a priority for everyone at the hospital.

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