INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DEPARTMENT

 

The Infection Prevention and Control Department consists of an RN Infection Preventionist and a microbiologist.

The goal of the department is to prevent healthcare associated infections through education and ongoing process improvement.

The policies of the department are based on the recommendations of a number of national experts including:

  • CDC – Center for Disease Control – National and State 
  • APIC – Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  • SHEA – Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America 
  • OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • JC - The Joint Commission 
  • CMS – Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Hand Hygiene has been long recognized as the number one way to prevent infections. The hand hygiene program at MCMH is robust and includes:

  • education of all staff in the importance of hand hygiene
  • surveillance for compliance – observing the act of hand hygiene before patient contact and after patient contact 
  • speaking up – if a staff member is observed not performing hand hygiene, all staff, patients and visitors are empowered to speak up
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Other infection prevention guidelines:

  • Cough etiquette – all coughs and sneezes should be covered by a tissue or done into the crook of the arm. We provide masks, tissues, and hand sanitizer in the lobby, cafeteria, and other common areas.
  • The use of gloves, gowns, and masks as indicated to protect staff and other patients from infections. Color coded signs on the patient’s doors indicate what personal protective equipment everyone entering the room should use.
  • Healthcare workers are not to work if they are sick with a potentially infectious disease. Visitors are asked not to visit if they are sick with a potentially infectious disease.
 

Specific Infection Prevention Goals

  • Prevention of Central Line Infections 
  • Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonias 
  • Prevention of Indwelling Urinary Catheter Infections 
  • Prevention of Surgical Site Infections Prevention of any disease outbreaks within the facility
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