Patients and families
International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) October 19-25, 2014
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.
First and foremost, know the basics of infection prevention. Do your part–and hand hygiene is key! Whether you’re in a healthcare facility or in the community, there are things you can do to stay safe from infections.