Welcome to CRMC's Health and Wellness Information Page
It is as important to us to help you stay healthy as it is to treat you when you are not well. We want to give you the best advice and information on how to keep you and your family as healthy as possible.
What You Can Do to Help Prevent the Spread of Infection:
Wash Your Hands. Good hand washing is one of the most important steps in preventing the spread of infection. Wash your hands before and after eating, drinking smoking or handling food. Also wash your hands thoroughly after restroom use.
Remind your Healthcare team to Wash their hands. Since you are part of your healthcare team, please remind doctors and nurses about washing their hands before working with you. It is okay to ask your healthcare team – including doctors – if they have washed their hands.
When coughing or sneezing, please consider others. If you do not have a tissue handy, cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not into the air for germs to be shared. If you cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands. Do not use handkerchiefs.
Proper Hand Washing Technique:
Use soap and water and lots of friction – rub your hands together rapidly.
Lather and scrub your hands for a minimum of 15 seconds.
Rinse hands thoroughly.
Dry with a paper towel and then use a dry paper towel to turn off the faucet.
Handling and Disposal of Home Medical Waste:
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, used needles can transmit serious disease, and improper disposal of medications and medical “sharps” or needles may be dangerous to sanitation workers, children, housekeepers, and pets.
Some individuals are currently using red biohazard boxes to dispose of sharps such as insulin or heparin needles. However, these cannot be properly disposed of in household garbage. There is a large fine for disposing of the red boxes in household garbage and each box has a tracking number.
If you are already in possession of a red biohazard container and need to dispose of it, contact the company which issued the container. If the company does not offer disposal, there are mail-back programs. In these programs, patients must mail the red biohazard container to a company which will properly dispose of it.
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How to Properly Dispose of Unused Medication
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, prescription drugs such as powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances carry instructions for flushing to reduce the danger of unintentional use or overdose and illegal abuse.
Disposal of some medications also causes environmental concerns.
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The ABC's of Antiobiotics
Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. Using them the wrong way can lead to antibiotic-resistant infections, which means the bacteria change in a way that reduces or eliminates the ability of antibiotics to kill the bacteria.
How can you help prevent antibiotic resistance?
Take antibiotics exactly as your healthcare provider instructs.
Only take antibiotics prescribed for you.
Do not save antibiotics or share them with others.
Do not pressure your healthcare provider for antibiotics.
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