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Infection Prevention Q&A


Edward is committed to reducing the risk of acquisition and transmission of healthcare associated infections in patients, visitors, employees and physicians. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about infection prevention. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider concerning your health or any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have an infection, contact your healthcare provider.

 Frequently asked questions about infection prevention 
 Clostridium difficile (C. dif)
 MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus)
 Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections
 Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection
 Surgical Site Infections
 Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

What is C. dif?
Clostridium difficile (C. dif) is a germ that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis.  People in good health usually don't get C dif disease. People more likely to get C. dif are those who:

  • Have taken antibiotics
  • Have had cancer treatment
  • Have had recent abdominal surgery
  • Have other stomach or intestine problems
  • Are already sick and in the hospital

To get answers to frequently asked questions about C. dif, please click here. Or, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site for more information. 

What is MRSA?
Staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria that can live on the skin and in the nose of healthy people. Usually, these bacteria don't cause any harm. However, if they get inside the body or into a break in the skin, they can cause infection. These infections are usually treated with antibiotics. When common antiobiotics don't kill the staph bacteria, it means the bacteria have become resistant to those antibiotics. This type of staph is called MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus). How do you test for MRSA? How is it spread?  How can I prevent infection? Edward Infection Control recommends the following resources to learn more:


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