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At Redmond, healthcare providers utilize best practices known to reduce the risk of infection. You can also take steps to prevent infections.

Preventing Surgical Site Infections
Preventing Blood Stream Infections
Preventing Urinary Tract Infection related to Foley Catheter
Preventing Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO’S)
MRSA Surveillance Screening
Preventing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

Preventing Surgical Site Infections:
Steps you can take:Steps the HOSPITAL takes:
  • Shower before your surgery following instructions by staff
  • Don’t shave near the area where you will have surgery
  • Talk to your doctor if you may have another infection
  • Control your blood sugar
  • Discuss stop smoking with your provider
  • Don’t let family or friends touch the surgical wound, or dressing unless instructed otherwise
  • Inform you surgeon after you have surgery if you develop redness, and pain around the site, new drainage, or fever.
  • Surgical team performs hand scrub before surgery
  • Surgical skin prep
  • Clip hair at surgical site if needed
  • Special antibiotics may be given before and after for limited duration
  • Surgical team wears mask, cap, gown and gloves during surgery
  • All healthcare workers should wash hand before and after contact with you
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of infection while you are in the hospital.
  • Control of blood sugar
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Preventing Blood Stream Infections

Preventing Blood Stream Infections related to Central Lines (long tubes inserted into your vein to be used for IV’s or medicines)

Steps you can take:Steps the HOSPITAL takes:
  • Don’t touch or let your dressing get wet
  • If bandage becomes loose, or wet, report it to your nurse or doctor immediately
  • Ask healthcare workers if they washed their hands before touching your dressing
  • Report any redness or pain at the site
  • Only let healthcare workers touch the catheter site or the catheter unless you have instructed otherwise
  • Wash hands prior to inserting line and anytime touching line or giving medications
  • Use special skin prep
  • Use maximum barrier precautions for insertion (mask, gown, gloves and cap)
  • Remove when no longer needed
  • Choose safe site for insertion
  • Evaluate necessity of line daily and remove when no longer needed
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Preventing Urinary Tract Infection
Preventing Urinary Tract Infection related to Foley Catheter
Steps you can take:Steps the HOSPITAL takes:
  • Always clean your hands before touching your catheter
  • Avoid twisting or kinking the catheter or tubing
  • Keep your bag below the level of the bladder
  • Do not tug or pull on the tubing
  • Ask your healthcare provider every day if you still need the catheter
  • Healthcare workers perform hand hygiene before inserting or caring for the catheter
  • Catheters are inserted only when necessary and removed when no longer needed
  • Only properly trained persons insert catheters using sterile technique
  • The skin in the area where the catheter is inserted is cleaned before insertion
  • The bag is kept below the level of the bladder to prevent urine from back flowing into the bladder
  • Empty the bag regularly and do not touch the drainage spout while emptying bag
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Preventing MDRO's
Preventing Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO’s-examples: MRSA, VRE, C Difficile and others)
Steps you can take:Steps the HOSPITAL takes:
  • Cover draining lesions
  • Don’t squeeze bumps or pimples
  • Take antibiotics as directed by your doctor and only when prescribed by a doctor
  • Wash your hands and encourage visitors to wash hands
  • Don’t share personal items like towels, razors, toothbrushes
  • Follow your physicians instructions
  • Hand washing before and after contact
  • Use contact precautions when caring for patients with a history of MDRO (wear gown and gloves)
  • Special room assignments
  • Screen patients at high risk for MDRO’s when they are admitted and place on contact precautions if positive
  • Patient education
  • Clean hospital equipment
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MRSA Surveillance Screening:

Our hospital has a screening procedure used to test for MRSA. If you are felt to be at increased risk for carriage of this bacteria, our staff will swab the inside of your nose for screening. If you are found to carry this bacteria, you will have a sign placed on your door that reads “contact precautions”. This means healthcare staff (and possibly visitors) will wear a gown and gloves when entering your room. Most of the time, the presence of this bacteria in your nose does not require treatment. Your physician will decide whether or not you need treatment.

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Preventing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
Steps you can take:Steps the HOSPITAL takes:
Family members can ask about the patient’s care:
  • raising the head of the bed
  • ask when the patient will be allowed to try breathing on their own
  • remind visitors or healthcare workers to wash hands
  • ask how often the patients mouth care has been performed
  • Hand hygiene prior to care
  • Head of bed elevated at least 30 degrees unless contraindicated
  • Check the patient’s ability to breathe on their own daily
  • Remove ventilator when no longer needed
  • Mouth care on a regular basis
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