Infection Prevention and You infographic posters help patients and their families understand the actions they can take to help prevent infection and receive safe healthcare. Please print, post, and share these infection prevention infographic posters with your patients and place them in public patient care areas. Also be sure to share them on Facebook and Twitter.

We thank APIC’s Communications Committee for helping to develop these special infographic posters.


Break the Chain of Infection

There are many different germs and infections inside and outside of the healthcare setting. Despite the variety of viruses and bacteria, germs spread from person to person through a common series of events. Therefore, to prevent germs from infecting more people, we must break the chain of infection. No matter the germ, there are six points at which the chain can be broken and a germ can be stopped from infecting another person. The six links include: the infectious agent, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry, and susceptible host. Download this infographic.

The Do’s and Don’ts for wearing gloves in the healthcare environment

There are many types of gloves used in healthcare settings. Learn the proper ways and uses for this personal protective equipment. Download this infographic.

The Do’s and Don’ts for wearing procedure masks in non-surgical healthcare settings

A procedure mask (also called an isolation mask) is a disposable mask that protects the wearer from droplets that might be infectious. A version of this mask with a built-in face shield to protect against splashes is also available. Download this infographic.

The Do’s and Don’ts for wearing N95 respirators in non-surgical healthcare settings

An N95 respirator is a tight-fitting cover that when properly fitted to the face protects the wearer from very small particles that float in the air, such as TB, measles, and chickenpox. It should fit the face tightly with no gapping. An N95 respirator is intended to provide more protection than a procedure mask by blocking at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 microns) particles. It is important to note that not all N95 respirators are tested for fluid resistance to be used as surgical N95s in the perioperative setting. Download this infographic.

The ABC’s of antibiotics

The 2014 International Infection Prevention Week theme was antibiotic resistance. This infographic illustrates when antibiotics work and when they don’t, explains what can happen if antibiotics are used improperly, and shows that you play a key role in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The opposite side of the infographic highlights a fact sheet on antibiotic resistance, which includes the top 5 questions you should ask your healthcare professionals about antibiotics. Download this infographic.
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Who are infection preventionists?

Infection preventionists are professionals who make sure healthcare workers and patients alike are practicing infection prevention practices. This infographic illustrates the things infection preventionists do to protect you from infections. If you have a question about infection prevention, ask to speak with the infection preventionist at your healthcare facility. Download this infographic.
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What are healthcare-associated infections?

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients can get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions. No matter where you are—in a hospital, a long-term care facility, outpatient surgery center, dialysis center, doctor’s office, or elsewhere—you are at risk for infections. This infographic highlights the most common HAIs. Download this infographic.
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You are an important part of infection prevention!

To emphasize that everyone plays a role in infection prevention, APIC has created this infographic to reinforce that everyone can prevent healthcare-associated infections. This infographic shows what patients and their families can do to stay healthy while receiving healthcare. Download this infographic.
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Infection Prevention and You

The 2013 Infection Prevention and You infographic includes the steps patients can take to support infection prevention efforts in healthcare facilities and help lower their risk of infection. The three main components include: what patients and families can do to play an active role in their care; common healthcare-associated infections, and the role infection preventionists play in patient safety. Download this infographic.

It takes a team infographic

The new infographic, “It Takes a Team,” has tips for ASC leaders, caregivers, patients and families on ways they can keep patients safe from harm. The infographic was developed as part of the AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery, a national safety effort funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Download this infographic.

The Infection Prevention and You infographic is also available to download in Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Copyright disclosure
The resources on the following pages are free to download and share. We encourage the use of our consumer resources for infection prevention education, provided that the information is not modified. Please attribute these resources to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and include the links to additional resources (if applicable). If you have questions, please contact