Acute Communicable
Disease Control

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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, #212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856

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Tips for Infection Control
Infection control practices are the steps your provider and their staff should take to prevent contamination and infection. Talk to your provider to understand how they will prevent the spread of infections during your treatment. The following are areas to keep in mind whenever you walk into a medical office or other facility providing treatment.

  • Your provider must wash their hands before every patient encounter.
  • Hand washing can be performed using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not be afraid to ask you healthcare provider if they washed their hands.

  • Gloves are to be put on after hand washing.
  • If the provider leaves the room and comes back (i.e., goes out to get supplies), they need to perform hand hygiene again and put on new gloves.

  • All areas in the office/facility should be cleaned, especially between patients. Pay attention to client care areas, common waiting areas, and other areas around the facility.

  • Make sure a new and clean needle AND a new syringe are used for your treatment.
  • Ask your provider to open the needle’s package in front of you, if possible, to ensure that it is new.

  • Ask your provider if the medication will be from a single or multi-dose vial. If it is a single dose vial, ensure the vial is new. If it is a multi-dose vial, ensure it has not expired and that the top is disinfected with alcohol prior to medication being drawn up.
  • Medication vials should not be re-accessed with a used needle even if it is to be used on you again.
  • Your provider should clean and disinfect the injection site with an alcohol wipe. You will want to make sure any make-up is removed prior to disinfecting the injection site.

  • Supplies, such as bandages or ice packs, should be clean and new.

For information about specific treatments, including regulations and safety tips, see the aesthetic (beauty) MAIN PAGE.

Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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