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Preventing infectious disease is everyone's responsibility. Know what you need to do.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that "health care associated infections are a threat to patient safety." These infections can be as common as influenza or as rare as Ebola.

Physical therapy professionals need to have a thorough understanding of how to protect their patients—and themselves—from spreading infection in any health care setting.

Prevention and Safety Resources from the CDC

CDC Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care. This summary guide from the CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee is routinely updated and includes a fillable infection prevention checklist.

Protecting Healthcare Personnel. Information on training staff on the use of protective equipment as well posters, in English and Spanish, on donning and removing personal protective equipment.

Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. Everything you need to know about minimizing the risk of infection via hands—evolution of the science, a review of commonly used antiseptics and soaps, and methods to promote hand hygiene.

Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette in Healthcare Settings. Learn how to lower the risk of respiratory infections in the clinic.

Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. This extensive guide provides you with the latest from CDC on the disinfection of health care equipment.

Information for Employers Complying with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. A flyer that helps explain what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration expects when it comes to employers' responsibility to reduce transmission of infection.

Guidance from APTA

This position statement describes the rights of patients and providers in relation to communicable and/or infectious diseases and conditions.

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