International Infection Prevention Week

October 2020

October 18-24 is International Infection Prevention Week. Observed each third week of October, it brings attention to the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. This year’s theme is saying thanks to the frontline workers during the pandemic.

For individuals, the following tips can help reduce the spread of infection:

  • Wash your hands – Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and rub the soap into the backs and palms of your hands as well as your wrists. Rinse well under running water, then dry your hands and wrists thoroughly.
  • Cover a cough – Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If one isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.
  • Don’t pick at healing wounds.
  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.

In addition to the tips above, health care professionals help keep infection at bay with the following:

  • Using gloves, masks and protective clothing.
  • Following facility guidelines when dealing with blood or contaminated items.
  • Ensuring patients’ rooms are clean and neat.
  • Keeping skin around wound or incision dressings clean and dry

For more information on how to participate in International Infection Prevention Week, click here.

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