Infection Preventists

Learn about who's working to keep you safe

Infection preventionists are among the many experts who help protect you from healthcare-associated infections. They work in many healthcare settings to
keep you, visitors, volunteers, employees, and healthcare providers safe from infection.

What is Healthcare-Associated Infection?
Healthcare-associated infections can occur while a patient recieves care or treatment. These kinds of infections are often preventable.

How Does an Infection Preventionist Affect the Care I Receive?

Infection preventionists partner with your healthcare team to use proven methods to ensure that you stay safe from healthcare-associated infections during your stay.

Although you may not see the infection preventionists during your visit, you will notice the presence of infection prevention everywhere throughout the facility:

  • Hand sanitizer gels or rubs
  • Hand washing stations
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • "Cover Your Cough" signs
  • Healthcare providers wearing gloves, masks and
    gowns
  • Environmental Services cleaning staff

What Do I Need To Do To Stay Safe?

Please speak up! Do not feel shy about asking for more information about your care. Infection prevention is everyone's business! If you have a concern, feel free to ask the following questions:

  • Before receiving an injection, ask if the needle, vial, and syringe have been newly opened for you.
  • If you have not seen healthcare staff who care for you either wash their hands or use an alchohol hand rub, ask them to do so.This also applies to visitors.
  • If you have a catheter in your bladder or vein, tell your nurse if it becomes loose or painful. Also ask each day when it can be removed.
  • If you are having surgery, ask your doctor if you should shower with an antispetic soap before you are admitted.
  • Ask your providor if you need any shots or vaccines.
  • If you think that the area around you or the equipment in your room looks dirty, ask to have it cleaned.
  • If you have a bandage (also called a "dressing"), let your nurse know if it gets wet, loose, or feels uncomfortable.