Niagara Gazette

Opinion

November 12, 2012

Fighting hospital infections a team effort

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Niagara Gazette — Second, wash hands regularly with soap and warm water especially when ill or in contact with ill persons. Bacteria die in the presence of soap.

Third, if you or a loved one happens to be in the hospital, please follow all infection control mandates including gowns and gloves if directed to do so. This will help keep the spread of bacteria down throughout the campus.

Over the past three years, we have invested significant resources into our successful infection control and antibiotic stewardship programs. We emphasize antimicrobial streamlining and reduction in a clinically responsible manner. The recent recognition we received from Consumer Reports as the top hospital in Western New York for safety spotlights our achievements.

All hospitals are concerned about infection control and are aware that it takes a team effort involving staff, physicians, patients and visitors to be successful. We’re all in this together, so please take the time to learn and digest the above information to help make our community safer from drug-resistant and difficult to treat infections.

Thomas A. Cumbo, MD, is the head of Infectious Diseases Division at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston

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