Preventing Infections

A comprehensive infection prevention to protect our patients

At Tufts Children's Hospital, we are dedicated to preventing the transmission of infections to patients, visitors and our staff. To meet this goal, we have created a comprehensive Infection Prevention Program, which encompasses all of our inpatient and outpatient locations. The Program allows us to address infection prevention from several different angles: It includes education for all of our staff, as well as for our patients, families and visitors. The Program also supports a microbial management team to ensure optimal antibiotic usage, which in turn can help reduce the risk of infections with drug-resistant bacteria and C. difficile.

Tufts Children's also monitors key practices aimed at preventing drug-resistant infections (such as MRSA), including good hand hygiene and adherence to Standard and Contact Precautions. We monitor the rates of infections associated with vascular catheters and urinary catheters, as well as ventilator-associated pneumonia. We have implemented evidence-based protocols to reduce the risk of these infections, as well as to reduce the risk of wound infections after surgery.

What patients can do

We recommend the following steps to help you prevent infections:

  • Remind caregivers to wash their hands before examining or treating your child. 
  • Ask family members or friends not to visit your child if they feel ill. 
  • Ask your doctor if your child should receive a flu or pneumonia vaccine. 
  • Make sure you and your child wash your hands carefully after handling any type of soiled material. This is especially important after your child has used the bathroom. 
  • Wash your hands before eating and/or touching your faces.
  • Tell a nurse promptly if any of your child’s dressings become wet or loose. 
  • Tell a nurse promptly if any of your child’s catheters or tubes become loose or dislodged. 
  • Follow your child’s doctor's instructions about breathing treatments and getting out of bed.