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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federalorganization under the United States Department of Health and HumanServices. This organization acts as a leader in promoting nationalhealth and safety, while also partnering with state healthdepartments and other organizations in advocating good healthpractices. The CDC is based in Atlanta.

The CDC sets health and safety recommendations and guidelinesfor professionals in healthcare careersand facilities. These recommendations and guidelines work to keeppatients, workers and the overall community safe by preventing andcontrolling the spread of disease.

Some examples of the types of CDC guidelines are:

* Hand hygiene in the healthcare setting

* Protecting healthcare workers from blood-borne pathogens

* List of infectious diseases in healthcare settings (and how toprevent their spread)

* (Solutions for/protection against) hazardous drug exposures inhealthcare

Within such recommendations and guidelines is informationregarding wearing protective clothing, sterilizing and disinfectingmedical equipment, handling patient towels and gowns, when to washhands, etc.

In addition, the CDC also publishes information from theNational Institute for Occupational Health and Safety regardinghealthcare worker hazards on the job, including needle injuries,latex allergies, violence and stress.

Medicalassistants, hospital administrators, or anyone working in thehealthcare industry is made aware of proper CDC guidelines forhealth safety. However, even those who are not in this industry canbenefit from reading the information on the cdc.gov website fortheir personal good health.

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