Plain Language Patient Education Resources

Highlighted Resources and Training

Animated Video Educates Patients on Pneumococcal VaccineThis newly released two-minute animated video by IPRO Pro QIN-QIO (a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, under contract with the Centers for …
Batz Patient Care GuidesGuides to support patients anticipating hospitalization to make safe and informed medical decisions. Includes guides for adults, breast cancer patients, …
Cancer Caregivers – A Chemo Side Effect You Should Know About: NeutropeniaInfographic on Neutropenia and Cancer
Cancer, Infection and Sepsis Fact SheetNice 2-page Infographic designed for consumers.  Could be used to support patient education., ,
Cancer, Infection and Sepsis Fact Sheet 
Candida auris ColonizationCandida auris (also called C. auris) is a fungus that can cause serious infections. C. auris can spread from one …
Candida auris TestingCandida auris (also called C. auris) is a fungus that can cause serious infections. C. auris can spread from one …
Candida auris: A drug-resistant fungus that spreads in healthcare facilitiesCandida auris is a fungus that causes serious infections and spreads in healthcare facilities. Infection preventionists, healthcare personnel, and laboratory …
CDC Clean HandsVideo on the importance of clean hands and how they can reduce the spread of infection.  (1:41)
CDC Injection Safety  Webpage on Safe Injection Practices,
CDC One and Only CampaignPublic Health Campaign to eliminate unsafe injections,
CDC: An Antibiotic is the Wrong Tool to Treat a VirusOne-Page Infographic on appropriate use of antibiotics and emphasizing they will not treat a virus., ,
CDC: Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer: Be Antibiotics AwareTri-fold brochure on appropriate use of antibiotics
CDC: Are Antibiotics Needed for My Child’s Runny Nose? Q&A for ParentsOne-Page Infographic
CDC: Be An Antibiotics WhizOn-line Quiz with simple examples regarding appropriate use of antibiotics
CDC: Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best CareTri-fold brochure on appropriate use of antibiotics
CDC: Do I Really Need Antibiotics?One-Page Infographic highlighting antibiotics are for bacteria, not virus-related illness.
CDC: Do You Need Antibiotics From Your Dentist?: Be Antibiotics AwareTri-fold brochure on use of antibiotics in dental procedures; potential side-effects
CDC: Do You Need Antibiotics? 8 Ways to be Antibiotics Aware11X17 Waiting Room Poster – Simple, Clear
CDC: Do You Need Antibiotics? Information about antibiotics for nursing home residents and their familiesTri-fold brochure, information on when antibiotics are indicated and possible side effects
CDC: Improving Antibiotic Use2-Page Infographic
CDC: Preventing and Treating Bronchitis2 Page Infographic on antibiotic use to treat bronchitis
CDC: Preventing and Treating Ear Infections1 Page Information Sheet – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Ear Infections
CDC: Virus or Bacteria? What’s Got You Sick? Common Infections in Nursing HomesQuick 1 Page Checklist to determine if antibiotics might be needed. ,
CDC: Viruses or Bacteria: What’s Got You Sick?Checklist to determine viral or bacterial source of illness
CDC: What are Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria?A One Page CDC Fact Sheet on Antibiotic-Resistance Bacteria.
CDC: Can I Feel Better Without Antibiotics?Super simple one-page infographic.
CDC: Do Antibiotics Have Side-Effects?One-Page Infographic citing 1 in 5 ER visits are due to antibiotic reactions (11X17)  
Chlorhexidine Bathing Routine Reduces Infections in Nursing HomesNursing homes using a chlorhexidine bathing routine to clean the skin and nose with over-the-counter antiseptic solutions prevents serious infections …,
COVID and TBPlain language information from Washington State Department of Health  [Infographic]   ,
Did You Know? Germs Can Live in DirtQuick pop-up video for social media Web: Transcript:,
Drug Resistant Candia Species ThreatDozens of Candida species—a group of fungi—cause infections, ranging from mild oral and vaginal yeast infections to severe invasive infections. …
Drug Resistant Candida SpeciesCandida auris (C. auris) is an emerging multidrug-resistant yeast (a type of fungus). It can cause severe infections and spreads …
Empowered Patient Hospital Guide for Patients and FamiliesIn-depth discussion of patient care and safety while in the hospital
Get Ahead of Sepsis. Know the Risks. Spot the Signs. Act FastConsumer Infographic,
Get Ahead of Sepsis. Know the Risks. Spot the Signs. Act Fast1 Page Infographic
Get Ready for Summer: CDC Resources for Healthy Swimming and Water SafetySummer weather is coming and it’s time to prepare for a healthy swimming season. Go to this CDC link to download posters, …
Infection Prevention and Cancer – set of printed materials for patients and caregiversEducational Materials for Patients and Providers of Cancer Patients
Infection Prevention and YouStories and Infographics for Infection Prevention,
It’s Time to Talk About SepsisWebpage Regarding Sepsis – Detailed with Good Links to Related Information,
It’s Time to Talk About SepsisWebpage Regarding Sepsis – Detailed with Good Links to Related Information
Life After Sepsis Fact SheetFact sheet for patients to support recovery from sepsis.,
Maine CDC Resources for COVID-19List of updates and information collated by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, , ,
Myths and Facts About COVID 19 VaccinesInfographic for General Public,
Neutropenia and Risk for Infection: What You Need to KnowInfographic on Neutropenia and Chemo, ,
Norovirus Patient Safety SheetInfographic on Norovirus,
Overuse of Antibiotics – Consumers FAQWebpage for Consumers
Patient Booklets on Recovering From Surgery Now Available in Both English and SpanishSeven booklets developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to help patients recover from surgery are now available …
Patient Safety Sheet: C.diff1 Page Infographic on cause and prevention
Pneumonia Fact SheetGood 3-Page Information Sheet
Questions and Answers About Tuberculosis24-Page Booklet; available from this link in Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Pashto and Dari (2021)
Safety Tips for Patients: PneumoniaPneumonia factsheet, , ,
Sepsis: What You Need to Know to Save a LifeSepsis is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and around the world–but very few people …, ,
Stamping Out SuperbugsBacteria are found nearly everywhere. They’re in your food, recreational waters, and even the air. Some bacteria help keep you …
The Progression of a C.Diff Infection  Infographic for General Public
Tuberculosis Fact SheetsFact Sheets on Tuberculosis from CDC
Tuberculosos (TB) Facts: You Can Prevent TBThis has been updated to the front page of a TB prevention and treatment website, which has a number of …
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) AppDid you know that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has a free app called Prevention TaskForce? This …
Urinary Tract Infection and Antibiotic Use  Infographic produced by the Muskie School of Public Health at the University of Southern Maine Print ready to insert …,
UTI – What You Need to Know to Avoid Your Risks  Infection Prevention and You Infographic (2 pages),
What To Do If You Are at Higher Risk of Severe Illness from COVID1 Page Infographic – available in Spanish on CDC Website as well
What To Do If You Have or Suspect You Have COVID2-Page Infographic for General Public – Easy to understand
World Health Organization (WHO) Science in 5 VideosVideos on COVID 19 from World Health Organization, ,