Infection Prevention

Does your Cardiac Rehabilitation program ensure your leads are clean each time you place them by your fresh wound from open heart surgery?

Do you clean them or does the staff? Infection prevention is important. You are your best advocate for infection prevention. The same goes for the exercise equipment, how do you ensure that the equipment is safe? Do you clean it prior and post exercise or does the staff? Do you trust the person before you cleaned it  thoroughly?

 It is important that everyone take a role in infection control and prevention.

MRSA, C-Diff, Staph Aureus,  VRE are common hospital acquired infections many patients are being treated for these yet may still carry the bugs to the outpatient clinics.  Do your part the next time you are in either inpatient or outpatient. Demand the equipment is cleaned regularly, and ask questions. It is OK  you may feel you are frustrating the healthcare worker, but it is your life and quality of recovery that suffers which is much more important than their feelings. 

3 thoughts on “Infection Prevention

  1. I couldn’t agree more, after my father contracted MRSA during a stay in the hospital. Unfortunately it was extremely antibiotic resistant, and it took looking outside the normal avenues to find something that worked. Fortunately, Microbiologist Michelle Moore realized the need for alternatives to drugs, and developed a solution that is extremely helpful. I hope your message here gets heard, loud and clear. However, for those that have had need for a little extra help, I highly recommend her. She is an angel, and her work is a life-saver, literally.

    • I am glad to hear you were able to find an resource person with an alternative avenue to treat your father. MRSA can be very challenging, and too often deadly. There are so many facets to infection prevention that we must all stay up on it, but it is the last thing a patient is thinking when going in for a heart intervention. Hopefully spreading the message will help. Thanks for reading my blog.

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