Have you ever thought about how many public objects you touch during the course of a day?
Maybe a gas pump, an ATM machine, a subway turnstile, the convenience store coffee pot, an elevator button – all before you probably even walked into work.
Now, how often do you think any of those things are cleaned or – yeah right – disinfected and sanitized before you came into contact with them?
It’s kind of scary when you actually think about it, right?
It makes me want to Wash ‘Em, and do so often.
When you don’t take the time to clean your hands properly, you are a walking arsenal of germs – capable of transmitting infection to anyone who comes in contact with you or anything you touched.
Among those most vulnerable to these invisible attacks: the sick and hospitalized.
That’s why Jefferson and other healthcare providers across the map will be celebrating International Infection Prevention Week from October 14 through the 20th. The goal is to remind hospital visitors and staff that everyone of us plays a critical role in preventing the spread of infection and doing so saves lives.
Here are three simple practices that the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology recommends you perform when visiting a healthcare facility:
- Clean your hands and cover your cough.
- Ask your healthcare providers to clean their hands.
- Speak up if you have any questions about your care, or the care of a loved one.
For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of infection, go to the International Infection Prevention Week website.
Learn about Quality and Safety at Jefferson
The physicians, nurses and staff at Jefferson University Hospitals have made the safety of our patients and the quality of care we deliver top priorities. We recognize that the care we provide affects every patient and family member who comes through our doors.
At Jefferson, we don’t just talk about safety and quality: We set goals and benchmark our results to ensure we are meeting and exceeding national standards. We use a “Balanced Scorecard” approach to constantly measure our progress toward our goals.