Read This Before Any Health Care Procedure

When you go to a doctor for something as simple as a test, you need to make sure everything is clean. And you may have to be assertive in order to save your life.

Carole and Ty Moss are the founder's of Nile's project, established after their 15 year old son, Nile got an MRI on his knee and later became ill. He had flu like symptoms and went back to the doctor and was given a prescription for strep throat, even though the test came back negative.

It turns out he acquired MRSA, most likely from the pad on the table. It turned septic and he died within three days.

Many of the 700 thousand people every year who sepsis have recently had health care. 

The Moss's say don't  be afraid to ask hospital staff to wash their hands and to clean the surfaces of anything that will touch you even a stethoscope.

The Moss's are out to make sure you are informed and to make sure health care facilities are clean.

The couple works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and now sepsis prevention is a worldwide issue.

How can we eliminate unnecessary deaths from MRSA, VRE, Staph and other preventable hospital acquired infections.

Here are the steps!Ask that hospital staff clean their hands before treating you and ask visitors to clean their hands.

Before your doctor uses a stethoscope ask that the diaphragm (the flat surface) be wiped with alcohol.

If you need a “central line” catheter, ask your doctor about the benefits of one that is antibiotic-impregnated or antiseptic-coated to reduce infections.If you need surgery, choose a surgeon with a low infection rate.

Beginning 3 to 5 days before surgery, shower or bathe daily with chlorhexidine soap. 

Ask your surgeon to have you tested for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at least one week before coming to the hospital.

Stop smoking well in advance of your surgery.

On the day of your operation, remind your doctor that you may need an antibiotic one hour before the first incision.

Ask your doctor about keeping you warm during surgery.

Do not shave the surgical site.Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your hands to your mouth, and do not set food or utensils on furniture or bed sheets.

Ask your doctor about monitoring your glucose (sugar) levels continuously during and after surgery, especially if you are having cardiac surgery.

Avoid a urinary tract catheter if possible.If you must have an IV, make sure that it’s inserted and removed under clean conditions and changed every 3 to 4 days.

If you are planning to have your baby by Cesarean, take the steps listed above.

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