Frye Regional Medical Center Continues to Reduce Hospital Infections 
 
Tuesday, 23 October 2007 
 
 
 
Hickory, N.C. – Take a close look at your hands, a really close look. Do they look clean? You may not know it, but your hands could be home to thousands of bacteria and viruses that can cause infections.

Hand hygiene is considered the most important and effective infection prevention and control strategy to prevent the spread of infections. Infection prevention and control is the responsibility of everybody at Frye Regional Medical Center through practice and participation.

Frye’s Infection Control Practitioners (ICP) help prevent infections in the hospital by isolating sources of infection and by providing physicians, patients, visitors and hospital staff education and information on infection control and prevention strategies.

Frye Regional Medical Center continues to reduce hospital infections and has similar or lower rates than the DICON benchmarks for similarly-sized hospitals. Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) is a collaboration between Duke University Medical Center, the Private Diagnostic Clinic and 39 community hospitals. Frye’s low rates of infection are the results of continuing education, physician and staff diligence and hand hygiene by everyone in an effort to provide quality care to our patients.

The increasing number of infections with antibiotic-resistant organisms in the community, schools and health care settings highlight the need for ongoing reminders about using hand hygiene and other infection control measures to lower the risk of getting a disease and spreading it to others.

The prevention and control of infections today is “In Your Hands”
Things you can do:

• Clean your hands frequently – alcohol hand sanitizer or soap and water work equally well and are highly effective.

• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze

• Avoid close contact with others if you have a cold, flu or symptoms that may indicate infection such as fever, coughing, sneezing or diarrhea

• Keep your immunizations up to date. Get your flu shot every year.

For more information about community and healthcare associated infections, including MRSA, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/index.html.