Posted by Em Innovations on 9/16/2014
Infection is a constant worry, especially if you are working in a medical care facility. Working with sick people is very dangerous. If they are suffering from a contagious condition then you are putting yourself and the rest of the facility at risk provided you do not take the proper precautions. The CDC estimates that almost two million people get hospital infections every year and ninety thousand of those people die of the same infections. It may sound like a freighting statistic and it is but there are steps that you can take to ensure your facility remains safe. Here is a list of the top 5 things you can do to limit the risk of infection.
Manage Wound Sites CarefullyConstantly change wound dressing if you feel that it might be getting wet or loose, ensure that the dressing is dry and clean at all times. It is also a good idea to treat a catheter as a wound sight and ensure that it gets the same care and attention
Manage VisitorsIf your patient is highly infections, inform the family to send a card rather than visit, that way you avoid the disease not only spreading through the hospital but getting back into the outside world.
Constantly CleanMake sure that you are washing your hands after handling any kind of dirty material, especially after using the restroom, and do not be afraid to remind your co workers to do the same.
Take Steps To Lower RiskIf your patient is afraid of infection let them know that little things like losing some weight or cutting back on cigarettes can make a difference particularly in regards to surgery.
ImmunizationsNothing can be understated about the importance of staying up to date on immunizations both for you and your patients. The latest vaccines available should always find their way to your patients and to you so that absolutely nothing slips through the cracks and you are able to continue caring for your patients in a safe and clean environment free from infectious risks.