Health Tip Sheets

Risk Assessment Results and Infection Prevention Tip Sheets

CAREGIVER

There are two possible risk categories-low or high. Based on the answers you provided, you have some factors that may put you at HIGH risk for getting a dangerously low white blood cell count during your chemotherapy treatment. This means you may also have an increased risk for getting an infection. Talk to your doctor or nurse for more information about your infection risk.

Get started now by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection, what to do if you develop any of these signs and symptoms, and the steps you can take to prevent infections.

Risk Assessment Results and Infection Prevention Tip Sheets

There are two possible risk categories-low or high. Based on the answers you provided, you have some factors that may put you at HIGH risk for getting a dangerously low white blood cell count during your chemotherapy treatment. This means you may also have an increased risk for getting an infection. Talk to your doctor or nurse for more information about your infection risk.

Get started now by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection, what to do if you develop any of these signs and symptoms, and the steps you can take to prevent infections.

Risk Assessment Results and Infection Prevention Tip Sheets

PROVIDER

There are two possible risk categories-low or high. Based on the answers you provided, you have some factors that may put you at HIGH risk for getting a dangerously low white blood cell count during your chemotherapy treatment. This means you may also have an increased risk for getting an infection. Talk to your doctor or nurse for more information about your infection risk.

Get started now by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection, what to do if you develop any of these signs and symptoms, and the steps you can take to prevent infections.

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Risk Assessment Results and Infection Prevention Tip Sheets

CAREGIVER

There are two possible risk categories-low or high. Based on the answers you provided, you have some factors that may put you at LOW risk for getting a dangerously low white blood cell count during your chemotherapy treatment. This means you may also have an increased risk for getting an infection. Talk to your doctor or nurse for more information about your infection risk.

Get started now by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection, what to do if you develop any of these signs and symptoms, and the steps you can take to prevent infections.

Risk Assessment Results and Infection Prevention Tip Sheets

PATIENT

There are two possible risk categories-low or high. Based on the answers you provided, you have some factors that may put you at LOW risk for getting a dangerously low white blood cell count during your chemotherapy treatment. This means you may also have an increased risk for getting an infection. Talk to your doctor or nurse for more information about your infection risk.

Get started now by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection, what to do if you develop any of these signs and symptoms, and the steps you can take to prevent infections.

Risk Assessment Results and Infection Prevention Tip Sheets

PROVIDER

There are two possible risk categories-low or high. Based on the answers you provided, you have some factors that may put you at LOW risk for getting a dangerously low white blood cell count during your chemotherapy treatment. This means you may also have an increased risk for getting an infection. Talk to your doctor or nurse for more information about your infection risk.

Get started now by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection, what to do if you develop any of these signs and symptoms, and the steps you can take to prevent infections.

One of the most dangerous side effects of chemotherapy is developing a low white blood cell count that can increase your chance for getting an infection. Below you can find helpful tips on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection as well as how to help prevent infection.

While we recommend completing the RISK ASSESSMENT first, you can also browse the Health Tip Sheets below or click on the PDF button to print.

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Following basic hygiene practices can help prevent infection during treatment. This Health Tip Sheet provides information on hand washing, mouth care, skin care, bathing, preventing cuts and scrapes, and wound care.

If you are a family member or friend caring for a child with cancer, this Tip Sheet covers the risks for infection and the signs and symptoms of infections in children.

This Health Tip Sheet describes the types of catheters used for chemotherapy treatment and provides instructions for caring for these devices.

 

Learn how to reduce your risk for infection while caring for your pet.

It is important to keep your body strong by eating the right foods. This Health Tip Sheet provides information on proper meal preparation and foods you should avoid in order to limit your risk for infection.

This Health Tip Sheet describes steps you can take to limit your risk for infection when visiting public places and spending time with friends and family.

 

This Tip Sheet offers gardening, housekeeping, and disinfecting advice for helping to prevent infections while in treatment.
 

 

You should always take your medication as prescribed. This Health Tip Sheet provides tips to help you make sure you are following the medication treatment plan your doctor has set up for you.

 

This Tip Sheet describes the signs and symptoms of infection, including fever, and what you should do to monitor your temperature while undergoing treatment.

Chemotherapy can impact your white blood cell count. This Tip Sheet helps you understand what it means to have a low white blood cell count.

This Health Tip Sheets helps you understand what an infection is and who is at risk for infection. This message also includes a list of questions you can ask your doctor or nurse about your risk for infection.

 

When undergoing treatment it is important that you protect yourself from the flu. This Tip Sheet provides detailed information on recognizing the signs and symptoms of the flu, flu vaccines, and flu treatments.

Program Materials

To help raise awareness about the importance of preventing infections in cancer patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a variety of resources for patients as well as for use in provider’s offices, patient rooms, and work areas. These resources include posters, fact sheets, post cards, videos, and more. View Materials >

"I never thought seriously about the risk of infection until I was hospitalized and unable to fight a fever. It’s so important to understand what steps you can take to help protect yourself."Donna Deegan, News AnchorBreast Cancer Survivor 

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