Spending time in a hospital, nursing home or any type of healthcare facility puts patients at risk for healthcare-acquired infections, or HAIs. Transmission of these bacteria comes through many sources. Hospital staff members should also follow strict hand hygiene practices as well to reduce the spread of contagions. Other best practices include wearing personal protective equipment correctly, abiding by isolation protocols, observing safe injection practices, using antibiotics wisely and being mindful of those patients who are at an elevated risk.
At an organizational level, addressing HAIs often entails adhering to the latest reprocessing guidelines and equipment manufacturer’s recommendations. These help ensure medical devices, surgical equipment and other care essentials comply with standard sterilization techniques. Other measures include stringent cleaning policies for equipment throughout the facility that are lesser-known reservoirs for pathogens — such as ice machines, sink drains and frequently touched textile surfaces.
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