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How can I reduce the risk of getting pneumonia from people around me?

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Ask everyone -- family, friends, doctors, and nurses -- to wash their hands. Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria and some viruses. So you need to make sure that people who touch you aren't transmitting any germs.

SOURCES: 

Peter B. Angood, MD, vice president, chief patient safety officer, The Joint Commission, Oakbridge Terrace, Ill.; co-director, International Center for Patient Safety. 

Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH, medical director, Hospital Interventions Quality Improvement Organization Support Center (QIOSC), Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Oklahoma City. 

CDC web site: "Overview of Pneumonia in Healthcare Settings." 

Carolyn Clancy, MD, director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Md. 

Fran Griffin, RRT, MPA, director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 14, 2020

SOURCES: 

Peter B. Angood, MD, vice president, chief patient safety officer, The Joint Commission, Oakbridge Terrace, Ill.; co-director, International Center for Patient Safety. 

Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH, medical director, Hospital Interventions Quality Improvement Organization Support Center (QIOSC), Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Oklahoma City. 

CDC web site: "Overview of Pneumonia in Healthcare Settings." 

Carolyn Clancy, MD, director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Md. 

Fran Griffin, RRT, MPA, director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 14, 2020

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