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  • Infection Control and Prevention

    Infection control benefits everyone.

    Infection control prevents the spread of disease in healthcare settings. Following simple, evidence-based practices protects you, your patients and your community.

    Stay up to date on best practices. Check out the resources below. We also offer:

    • Help with communicable disease and reporting questions.
    • Help with outbreak investigation and control.
    • Visits from Public Health Consultants who provide public health information and updates.

    When transferring a patient, hospitals and long-term care facilities must complete the
    Inter-Facility Infection Prevention and Safety Form.

    Precautions

    Injection safety

    Hand hygiene

    Environmental cleaning

    Personal protective equipment

    Assisted living and long-term care

    • Norovirus/vomiting/diarrhea outbreaks—Know your facility’s normal gastrointestinal illness rate. This will help you quickly identify outbreaks. Use this toolkit if you suspect an outbreak.
    • Flu outbreaks—Monitor flu-like illness Oct. 1 through April 30. Use this tool to promptly and effectively respond to an outbreak.
    • Assisted living flu outbreaks—Congregate living facilities must provide a safe living environment. Use this tool to quickly identify and control flu outbreaks.

    Patient materials

    Other resources

    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department joins other local health jurisdictions in fully supporting the data-informed decision by healthcare organizations to require masking in their facilities when
    We are working with Washington State Department of Health and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services to investigate 6 cases of the foodborne illness
    A Pierce County man was diagnosed July 13 with colonization due to Candida auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus that can cause serious infections. It’s believed to
    A Pierce County woman is recovering from a tickborne disease called anaplasmosis. This is the second report of anaplasmosis due to exposure in Washington. The
    We are monitoring a case of active tuberculosis in a woman in Tacoma. She has declined to take medication. We are working with her and

    Published Sept. 9, 2022. COVID-19 On Sept.