New Brochure Helps Educate Patients About Healthcare-Associated Infections

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Healthcare providers can download a new brochure designed to help them inform patients about healthcare-associated infection (HAI) and prevention.

The brochure, titled "For Our Patients and Their Visitors: Help Prevent Infections," covers a number of issues, including the following:
  • Common indications of HAIs
  • Common HAIs — Clostridium difficile (C. diff), central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and surgical-site infection (SSI)
  • HAI treatment
  • Infection prevention best practices in the hospital and home
The brochure was developed from the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals, a resource published by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) that also includes recommendations by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Joint Commission.

Download the HAI prevention brochure.


Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.