Infection Prevention and Control
The goal of Infection Prevention and Control is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Infection Prevention and Control Services identifies infections and diseases and develops strategies for intervention and improvement. Once clusters or outbreaks occur, the hospital responds to ensure patient and staff safety and to help the facility return to normal.
Hand washing is integral to preventing the spread of infection and should be practiced by staff, patients and visitors. It is the single most important thing to do to prevent spreading infection. This is because a bacterium on hands is how infection is spread.
Hands can be washed with soap and water or by using an alcohol hand rinse which are available throughout Horizon Health Network Facilities.
Proper Hand washing
Frequent hand washing helps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. To properly wash your hands, using soap and water scrub hands vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds; rinse and dry.
Do not visit
Visitors can also contribute to the well-being of patient health. Visitors with symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, or respiratory illness (influenza) should refrain from visiting until all symptoms disappear.
Isolation of patients
To prevent the spread of bacteria it is sometimes necessary to place a patient in "Isolation". Isolation has varying degrees according to what bacteria are involved. Sometimes "isolation" means being placed in a private room and staff and visitors are required to wear a gown, gloves and/ or mask. At other times we can use precautions while the patient is in a room with another patient.
Sometime we are using "isolation" precautions and you will not even notice it, for example, if you have an operation the staff will be wearing gowns, gloves and masks.
Infection Prevention and Control expertise
Infection Prevention and Control also provides expert knowledge and direction to individuals and departments, internally and externally, on matters relating to the prevention and control of infections. This includes disinfection and sterilization of medical devices, invasive medical devices, housekeeping, construction related issues and antibiotic resistant organisms.