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Help Fight Infection with These Tips

While the initial fury over Swine Flu has lessened, we still need to take care and be careful of our own health.

The Joint Commission’s Speak Up™ campaign gives you tips for being an effective partner in your health care. They have a number of topics, but one that’s particularly important these days is their advice for preventing infections when you are a patient at a health care facility.

They have 5 ways to avoid infections:

  • Clean your hands.
  • Make sure your health care provider wears gloves or has clean hands
  • Cover your nose and mouth
  • If you’re sick, avoid close contact with others
  • Get shots to avoid disease and fight the spread of infection

This brochure and others (including Spanish versions) that help you take charge of your health are available on  The Joint Commission Website.

© 2014 American Association for Respiratory Care