Healthcare facilities are places of healing, where broken bodies can be mended. Sometimes though, infection gets in the way of the healing process.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) reports that approximately 1 in 25 people in the U.S. get infections while in the hospital being treated for something else and 75,000 people in hospitals die each year with these same infections. Many could have been prevented with proper infection prevention practices.
This week is Infection Prevention Week and hand hygiene is one of the best things YOU can do to protect yourself and those around you from infection. Because of this, the College of Nursing will be giving out bottles of hand sanitizer, courtesy of the Henry Schein Company. Come to the Mary Jane Rawlinson Geertsen Nursing Learning Center (130 SWKT), Nursing Advisement Center (551 SWKT), or Dean’s Office (500 SWKT) to receive a complementary bottle.
Make sure to follow the College of Nursing on Twitter @BYU_Nursing and Instagram @byunursing for more infection prevention tips this week. For more information on Infection Prevention, see APIC’s Infection Prevention and You site.