Infection prevention and you: Patients and families

When you or a loved one goes into a healthcare facility when you’re sick, you expect to get better—right? But did you know that each year, approximately 1 in 25 people in the U.S. get infections in hospitals while being treated for something else?

Unfortunately, nearly 75,000 people in hospitals die each year with these infections—many of which could have been prevented with proper infection prevention practices.

Everyone plays a role in infection prevention—patients, families, and healthcare personnel. You play an important role in infection prevention—in and out of healthcare facilities.

Do your part–and hand hygiene is key! Wherever you are, there is something you can do to stay safe from infections.

Download three patient handouts on infection prevention and the new “ABC’s of Antibiotics” infographic:

Read the 2013 Infection Prevention & You Activity Summary

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