A Message from Betsy McCaughey
As the pandemic subsides and patients are encouraged to get the medical care they’ve delayed, Reduce Infection Deaths is ready to help.
Whether you’re finally getting that hip or knee replacement or you’re preparing for childbirth, RID’s 15 Steps can help you reduce your risk of a healthcare infection. Please download a copy from the website and review it a week before your procedure. That will give you enough time to bathe several times with chlorhexidine soap and ask your doctor to test you for MRSA.
If you’re choosing a nursing facility, the Ten Steps is for you. Often when a patient is discharged from the hospital, it isn’t possible to go directly home. The hospital staff will urge you to transfer to a skilled nursing facility, perhaps for a week or two. Moving to the wrong nursing home can be dangerous to your health. Nursing
homes have even higher infection rates than hospitals. The difference between a quality facility and a poorly operated one can determine whether you have a speedy recovery or endure terrible health setbacks, including infections. RID’s Ten Steps will help you make the right choice and avoid those dangers.
RID is committed to curbing the spread of bacteria and other pathogens inside hospitals and nursing homes. Rigorous infection control is key. RID offers guidelines, new research, and information on new technologies to stop germs in their tracks, before they travel to the patient in the next bed or infect the nurse examining someone in the emergency room.
Patients with cancer, heart disease and other illnesses cannot access breakthrough therapies if infection makes going into the hospital too risky. All the benefits of medical science — from joint replacement to chemotherapy, depend on being able to prevent infection.
RID has a 16-year track record of success.
In 2004, not one state required hospitals to disclose their infection rates. Now 37 states do. If you have to be hospitalized, you should be able to find out which hospital nearby is safest.
The hand sanitizers you see installed on walls throughout hospitals are another sign of RID’s impact
RID does all of this on a shoestring budget – less than $400,000 a year. Our track record proves that money donated to RID is spent wisely, not wasted.
RID has only one goal: to save lives.