Frequently Asked Questions

Hospitals can be very intimidating places when you are ill and don’t know what to expect. Patients and their families can prepare themselves for their hospital visit by getting familiar with some frequently used terms and asking your healthcare provider questions. Although it is the job of the hospital staff to ensure patients get the highest quality care and remain safe during their stay, patients and their families also play an important role.

Below are some great resources to help patients and families learn about healthcare associated infections (HAI) and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Patient Safety: Ten Things You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient
http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/patientSafety/patient-safety.html

Hand Hygiene Saves Lives
http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/Patient_materials.html

Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections
http://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/bsi/BSI_tagged.pdf
En español:
http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/bsi/SPAN_CA-BSI.pdf
http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/bsi/catheter_faqs.html

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections
http://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/uti/CA-UTI_tagged.pdf
En español:
http://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/uti/SPAN_CA-UTI.pdf

Clostridium difficile Infections
http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/cdiff/Cdiff_tagged.pdf
En español:
http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/cdiff/SPAN_C-Diff.pdf

Having Surgery? What You Should Know Before You Go:
http://www.cdc.gov/features/safesurgery/

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Last updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2016