Infection Prevention Control Week - Tips and Giveaways

October 15, 2018

Join the NHRMC team October 14 – October 20 as we join with healthcare professionals around the world in recognizing International Infection Prevention Week. Patients, families and healthcare personnel all play an important role to keep patients safe from infection.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  1 in 25 hospitalized patients  will get an infection as a result of the care they receive, resulting in an estimated 75,000 patient deaths each year. Additionally,  35 percent of healthcare facilities  across the globe do not adequately promote hand hygiene practices, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Knowing and practicing the basic infection prevention measures can not only prevent the spread of germs, but can also save lives.

Healthy practice standards:

Hand hygiene – One of the most important ways to prevent infections. Healthcare professionals should clean their hands before and after every patient care interaction. Always be sure to wash in, and wash out. According to the latest research from the CDC, hand washing reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31 percent, and reduces respiratory illnesses by 21 percent. 

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds on all hand surfaces including fingertips.
  2. Wash with hand sanitizer. “Double pump” each use.  20 second rub on all hand surfaces including fingertips. Allow hands to air dry.  

Environment of care – A clean and safe healthcare environment is very important in the prevention of the spread of illness and infection.

  1. Make daily rounds to assure cleanliness and patient safety.
  2. Report any environmental care problems as soon as possible so they can be fixed. 

Respiratory etiquette – Sneeze and cough into your elbow, not your hand. 

Personal protective equipment – It is important for healthcare professionals to properly wear personal protective equipment.

  1. Gloves – Gloves prevent contamination and help reduce the spread of pathogens. Be sure to make hand the hand is completely covered and that hand hygiene is performed before and after each wear.
  2. Perform hand hygiene before and after removing gowns. Gowns - Gowns are classified by their ability to withstand penetration by blood or body fluids. 
  3. Mask and respirators – Make sure to wear your mask to protect yourself form infectious droplets that may occur when patients cough, sneeze, laugh or talk. Properly dispose of your mask by touching only the ear loops or ties. Perform hand hygiene before and after removing surgical masks. 

Wash your uniform - Wash uniforms and other clothing worn to work daily in hot water and laundry detergent, or with cold water and bleach. Drying clothes completely in a hot dryer, rather than air-drying, also helps kill bacteria in clothes. Do not mix soiled uniforms with other personal clothing.

Infection preventionists save lives

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has developed a short video describing the field of infection prevention and the heroes that save lives and promote a culture of patient safety every day. 

Learn and win

Get in on the action and win some prizes. Complete the below germ matching game and submit at one of the drop-off locations for a chance to win. Be sure to include your name, department and email address to your submission.

Drop-off locations:

  1. Ortho Hospital at main lobby desk.
  2. Business Center in lobby
  3. Main concourse service excellence desk 

Submissions can also be faxed to 910-667-7064. 


  1. Gift cards – Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s, and On the Border
  2. Sunscreen car protectors