Guidelines for Infection control in the Home

Patient Tips on Infection Control in the Home

Contact with infected body fluids, such as, blood, urine, feces, mucous, or the droplets that are sprayed into the air when a person coughs or sneezes can spread illnesses from one person to another. Sometimes infections are spread through items that have been contaminated by drainage from infected sores, or discharges from the nose, mouth, eyes, or genital/rectal area. Controlling the spread of infections means interrupting the way illness travels from one person to another. Maintaining a clean environment helps to keep infections under control, and maintaining personal hygiene is very important to your health.

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly

  • Clean contaminated household and medical equipment thoroughly

  • Meet your health needs

  • Good hand washing is the single most important way to control infection

Allcare Responsibilities

Allcare identifies infection risks based on the following:

- Its geographic location, community, and population served

- The care, treatment, or services it provides

- The analysis of its surveillance activities and other infection control data

- Prioritizes the identified risks for acquiring and spreading infections