Did you know that on any given day, one in every 25 hospital patients has at least one infection due to their medical care? Healthcare-associated infections are infections that people acquire while receiving treatment for another condition in a health care setting. This statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reflects the need for healthcare providers to follow infection control guidance including practicing hand hygiene at key points in time to disrupt the transmission of microorganisms to patients, visitors and healthcare workers. Patients and their loved ones can also play a role in helping to prevent infections by practicing good hand hygiene themselves as well as asking or reminding their healthcare providers to perform hand hygiene.
To better protect patients from this ongoing problem, the CDC Foundation is partnering with GOJO to provide hand hygiene educational materials and tools for patients, healthcare providers and caregivers in U.S. healthcare facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and other settings. The goal of this initiative is to promote hand hygiene practices in these settings to help reduce the number of healthcare-associated infections. We are grateful to GOJO for their partnership and for expanding CDC’s reach with educational resources to help protect patients and save lives.
Learn more about what you can do to prevent healthcare-associated infections at www.cdc.gov/HAI.