The hospital staff takes great care to keep you safe during your stay. However, germs still exist in the hospital. You need to take steps to make sure that you don't come into contact with germs that could make you sick. This is important for everyone, but especially for those patients whose immune systems may be weakened because of illness or treatment.
A ventilator can be a lifesaving machine that helps patients who cannot breathe on their own, but conditions requiring ventilator use can also increase a patient's chance of getting an infection. This program will talk about the risk of infections that may occur with ventilator use as well as the steps healthcare personnel should take to prevent such infections.
A clean and sanitized hospital room is critical for preventing the spread of infection. Learn what to expect from the visit of an Environmental Services Professional who cleans and disinfects your room. Patients will also discover what they and their families can do to assist in keeping their environment clean and safe.
There's been a rapid rise in the emergence of bacteria that don't respond to traditional antibiotics. This makes bacterial infections a serious threat. This program will describe signs that an antibiotic may not be working as well as steps your healthcare providers can take to help prevent the development of resistance to antibiotics.
There is a strain of bacteria that can spread easily in hospitals and long-term care facilities. We call it 'staph'. That's short for "Staphylococcus aureus" bacteria. Antibiotics used to kill staph easily. But some types of staph have become resistant to antibiotics. They are hard to kill. If this bacteria infects you, it can cause all kinds of problems in your body. It can even kill you.
This is an intestinal infection. It's caused by a bacterium known as Clostridium difficile. We also call it "C. diff." It lives in the intestines of some people. For most who carry it, C. diff. doesn't cause problems. But it can spread to others, especially in places like hospitals and nursing homes. And when it infects someone new, it can grow out of control.
If you've been dealing with lasting effects of Lyme disease, you know how painful and frustrating it can be. It can take a long time to identify your problem, and many people don't understand what you are going through. But with the right approach, you can manage this syndrome. Here are some things you should think about.