Patient Education Tools: Infection Prevention Wallet Card, Brochure & Posters From the WAVE Campaign

The Office of Healthcare Quality and the HHS Partnership for Patients provide four free, downloadable tools as part of the "WAVE" campaign to help families and caregivers prevent healthcare-associated infections.


The WAVE campaign is designed to help family members and caregivers educate themselves about HAIs and the steps they can take to protect their loved ones.


WAVE stands for the following:

  • "W" — Wash hands
  • "A" — Ask questions
  • "V" — Vaccinate
  • "E" — Ensure safety


The tools — a wallet card, brochure and two posters — are available as downloadable PDFs. To download them for use by your organization, click on the hyperlinks here:


For printer-ready Files (for reprinting), email or


Note: View our database providing reports that link to free, downloadable and adaptable tools for use in hospitals, surgery centers and other organizations by clicking here.


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