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Infection Control and Prevention

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Good infection control and prevention practices benefit everyone.

Infection control and prevention practices prevent the spread of disease in healthcare and institutional settings. By following simple, evidence-based practices, you can protect yourself, your patients, and your community.

Stay up-to-date on infection control best practices. This page is full of helpful resources and tools to prevent and control the spread of infection. We also offer:

  • Phone assistance with communicable disease and reporting questions.
  • Assistance with outbreak investigation and control.  Call (253)798-6410 and press 0.
  • Public Health Consultant visits to provide updated public health information.

All hospitals and long-term care facilities should complete the Inter-Facility Infection Prevention and Safety Form when transferring a patient.

Precautions

Injection safety

Hand hygiene

Environmental cleaning

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Toolkits for assisted living and long term care

  • Norovirus/vomiting/diarrhea outbreaks—Identifying outbreaks quickly requires awareness of your facility’s normal rates of gastrointestinal illnesses. Use this toolkit if you suspect an outbreak.
  • Flu outbreaks—Oct. 1 through April 30, staff must be diligent in monitoring flu-like illness. Use this tool to help ensure a prompt and effective outbreak response.
  • Assisted living flu outbreaks—As a congregate living facility, you are responsible for providing a safe living environment. Use this tool to help identify and control flu outbreaks quickly.

Patient materials

Surveillance 

Other resources:

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