Safety & Infection Prevention

One way to prevent infections is knowing the facts. Center for Disease Control FAQ publications answer common questions about hospital acquired diseases. You too can learn about how infections can be prevented. Check out the FAQs in these CDC links below. 

FAQs about Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections

A bloodstream infection can occur when bacteria or other germs travel down a “central line” and enter the blood.

FAQs about Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection (also called “UTI”) is an infection in the urinary system, which includes the bladder (which stores the urine) and the kidneys (which filter the blood to make urine). Germs (for example, bacteria or yeasts) do not normally live in these areas; but if germs are introduced, an infection can occur. 

FAQs about Clostridium difficile
Clostridium difficile, also known as “C. diff”, is a germ that can cause diarrhea. Most cases of C. diff infection occur in patients taking antibiotics.

FAQs about MRSA

Staphylococcus aureus, or “Staph” is a very common germ that about 1 out of every 3 people have on their skin or in their nose. This germ does not cause any problems for most people who have it on their skin. But sometimes it can cause serious infections such as skin or wound infections, pneumonia, or infections of the blood. 


FAQs about Surgical Site Infections (SSI)

Most patients who have surgery do not develop an infection. However, infections develop in about 1 to 3 out of every 100 patients who have surgery.

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FAQs about Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

A “ventilator-associated pneumonia” or “VAP” is a lung infection or pneumonia that develops in a person who is on a ventilator.



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