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Infection Prevention & Control

Infection prevention and control is one of the first topics introduced in nursing programs, yet its main tenets are often lost or forgotten. There has never been a better time to:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.  See CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings for specifics.
  • If you are ill, stay home and/or seek health care as appropriate,
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, dispose of the tissue, then thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Ensure that you are current on all of your immunizations.
  • Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with patients.
  • Remember and follow the hierarchy of controls for occupational hazards.  See this link from the CDC for more

Better health begins with better hand hygiene 

We know it but do we practice it?  Now is the time to ensure this basic public health tenet.  CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings   website   can help. 

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

To keep informed on COVID-19, visit the CDC’s dedicated webpages and ANA’s website  

Nursing Infection Control Education Network

ANA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with 20 organizations to develop the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network). The NICE Network sought to empower nurses to protect themselves and their patients by providing real-time infection prevention and control training to U.S. nurses. The goals of the training programs developed through the NICE Network were to improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices and enhance the confidence of nurses to care for patients with Ebola and other highly contagious diseases.

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