Nosocomial infections are infections that are acquired while hospitalized. They can involve the lungs, urine or blood. Hospitals work diligently to prevent these infections but contrary to popular belief hospitals are not clean environments- despite the best efforts. After all hospitals are full of sick people.
The best way to prevent nosocomial infections is hand washing. Family as well as all healthcare providers should sanitize hands before and after contact with patients. It is acceptable for you to ask caregivers to wash their hands.
Numerous regulatory agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals have placed high standards on hospitals to take measures to minimize nosocomial infections. This is because they can be life threatening.
More Answers from Cathy Provins-Churbock, PhD