Patient Hygiene Practices Help Prevent Hospital Infections

SAVE THE PATIENT Provides Hygiene Tips to Prevent Patients From Becoming Victims of Hospital-Acquired Infections

CHICAGO, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With infections contracted in hospitals rising at alarmingly high rates, patients cannot simply rely on hospital hygiene practices and protocols to protect themselves. Patients need to proactively interact with health care staff to ensure their own safety. Being armed with questions to ask and specific hygiene practices to demand can help prevent patients from becoming victims of hospital-acquired illnesses.

On Monday, March 28 at 6:00pm Chicago Access Network (CAN-TV), Channel 21, will air a live call-in program, "Community Health," which will highlight ways to protect yourself from contracting germs leading to infections in health care facilities. Discussion will include advice on how to use online hospital report cards that show infection rates and allow the comparison of quality, safety and satisfaction rates among hospitals, such as the statewide website in Illinois.

Host Lenore Janecek, president and founder of SAVE THE PATIENT, and Mary Driscoll, RN, MPH, division chief of Patient Safety and Quality Policy Issues for the Illinois Department of Public Health-will discuss how to use online report cards effectively, and will offer advice for the prevention of infections during hospital stays.

Viewers are encouraged to join in the program, by calling-in their questions about the State Report Card and preventative measures.

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For additional information call: CAN-TV at 312-738-1400, email: [email protected].

Check local cable television listings for scheduled air times.

SAVE THE PATIENT(SM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and education of individuals on health care matters. Founded in 2001, to fulfill the need for a non-biased, non-commercial community based not-for-profit organization to educate, inform and empower patients as they attempt to make sound health care decisions, SAVE THE PATIENT provides information and education through patient advocacy, community outreach educational seminars and its signature tool: the Health Caring Card.

Media Contact:
Lenore Janecek
Phone: 312-399-3532
Email: [email protected]