March 1, 2008

Infection Prevention Brochure Updated

The Joint Commission recently revised its Five Things You Can Do to Prevent Infection brochure.

IDSA and other organizations contributed their expertise to the revision. The brochure encourages people to clean their hands, make sure health care workers clean their hands or wear gloves, cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough, avoid close contact with others when sick, and stay up to date on immunizations.

The brochure is part of a patient safety initiative, “Speak Up,” launched in 2002 in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help prevent medical errors by equipping patients to become active, informed participants in their own health care.

The “Speak Up” program has developed other brochures, posters, and buttons on a variety of related topics.  For more information visit

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