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Prevent Infections When You Get Medical Care

Get tips on protecting yourself from infections when you get medical care.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC Vital Signs Report: Making Health Care Safer

More than half of all hospital patients receive an antibiotic. These antibiotics are often prescribed incorrectly, putting patients at risk for harmful infections. Get the facts on how tracking antibiotic use and resistance can help health departments, hospitals, and doctors protect patients.

Review Date: March 28, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC Vitalsigns: Stop Infections from Lethal CRE Germs Now

Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from CRE germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities. CRE germs have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics that are available today. FInd out what you can do to stop the spread of infection.

Review Date: March 05, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medicare Hospital Compare

Search for hospitals in your area and compare the quality of care provided to patients by surgical procedure or medical condition.

Review Date: November 14, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Patient Safety: Podcast

The Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of lapses in patient safety. This program features an interview with AHRQ Director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, discussing this important issue.

Review Date: September 11, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Patient Safety: Ten Things You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient

You go to the hospital to get well, right? Of course, but did you know that patients can get infections in the hospital while they are being treated for something else? Here are ten things you can do to be a safe patient.

Review Date: October 17, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Patient Care Partnership: Understanding Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities

This plain language brochure replaces AHA's Patients' Bill of Rights and informs patients about what they should expect during their hospital stay with regard to their rights and responsibilities. The brochure is available in multiple languages.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

American Hospital Association