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Facilities work together to protect patients
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    August 4, 2015

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Facilities work together to protect patients
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    Infographic associated with August 2015 Vital signs: Making health care safer : stop spread of antibiotic resistance. Text on the left is broken into 3 categories: Common Approach (Not enough) ◦ Patients can be transferred back and forth from facilities for treatment without all the communication and necessary infection control actions in place. Independent Efforts (Still not enough) ◦ Some facilities work independently to enhance infection control but are not often alerted to antibiotic-resistant or C. difficile germs coming from other facilities or outbreaks in the area. ◦ Lack of shared information from other facilities means that necessary infection control actions are not always taken and germs are spread to other patients. Coordinated Approach (Needed) ◦ Public health departments track and alert health care facilities to antibiotic-resistant or C. difficile germs coming from other facilities and outbreaks in the area. ◦ Facilities and public health authorities share information and implement shared infection control actions to stop spread of germs from facility to facility. Illustration on right depicts two acute care hospitals, two nursing homes, and one long-term acute care hospital in an area. Ambulances traveling on roads between the facilities signify patient transfers. The state health department, situated in the middle of the facilities, alerts the area. Arrows represent communication and information moving from health department to facilities, and from facility to facility.
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