The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that "health care associated infections (HAI) are a threat to patient safety." These infections can be as common as influenza (flu) or as rare as Ebola. This page provides information to assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in protecting and preventing their patients and clients from the spread of infection in their health care setting.
In The News
Introductory information about some infections found in the news.
CRE (antibiotic resistant)
Prevention and Safety
Preventive measures are key to preventing and managing the spread of infections, and provides a safe environment for your patients and clients.
Infection Prevention Guides in Outpatient Settings
Infection Prevention Checklist
In Outpatient Settings
Minimum Expectations for Safe Care
Disinfection in the Clinic
Laundry: Washing Infected Material
Sterilization or Disinfection of Medical Devices
OSHA Compliance with Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
Information for Employers Complying with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents
Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette
Health Care Associated Infections (HAI)
Physical therapists are ultimately responsible for the care of their patients, and should be aware and adhere to policies set in place to protect their patients. They should also be aware of instances when their patient's circumstances indicate a need to report to the individual(s) who developed or monitors the infection control program.
The following section provides information on the most common organisms for HAIs by the CDC. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are looking for information on another organism, search for the organism on the CDC website.
Ebola - A Special Case
Ebola is in a category all in its own. You would only be addressing this infection as part of a larger group, so information on this is for interest only. Members would be part of an established team that would guide them.
Guidance for Donning and Doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE demonstration was presented at the GNYHA, 1199SEIU, PQU Ebola Education Session. Demonstration performed by Bryan Christensen, MD, CDC’s Domestic Infection Control Team for the Ebola Response and Barbara Smith, RN, BSN, MPA, CIC, Mount Sinai Health System – St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals