Preventing Infections

Hospitals are where we go to get well, which also means there are lots of germs and the potential for infection. Hospitals do their best to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections, infections you can pick up in a hospital.
Some common types of hospital infections can be prevented by washing your hands well and encouraging others to do the same.

The most common types of hospital-acquired infections are:

  • Surgical site infections
  • Infections related to catheters, IVs and central lines
  • Infections related to urinary catheters
  • Lung and respiratory infections

What does good hand washing look like?

Wet your hands under the faucet. Soap and lather your hands by rubbing them together.

Scrub your fingers, under your nails, between your fingers and the backs of your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Rinse your hands under the faucet and dry them using a clean paper towel or towel.

(adapted from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Learn more

In alignment with national initiatives to prevent central line infections (CLABSI), Central Line Safety for Kids engages pediatric patients and their families in caring for a central line.

Central Line Safety for Kids teaches kids and families evidence-based practices for safety and care of central lines, focusing on hygiene and patient safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Charisse Montgomery is the author of the Super Safe Kids series of books and safety tools. These tools engage children, parents, and their families in improving safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home. A former educator, Charisse Montgomery has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English, along with a master's degree in Educational Psychology, with research focused on informing and empowering parents of medically fragile children. She completed a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy and serves on the Board at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

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