Infection Prevention News

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 in Infection Prevention | 0 comments

This month’s news will consist of “bullet” reminders: infection prevention issues that are ongoing!

  • Influenza vaccination fairs started in September and will go into October. Please take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated here at ABSMC. For patient safety, those who are not vaccinated against the flu will need to wear a mask during the flu season.
  • Hospital acquired Clostridium difficile has decreased slightly in Q2-2012. For patient safety, proper contact precautions and hand washing with soap and water is monitored.
  • The New 2012 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal addresses CAUTI in hospitals. At ABSMC a task force has been working on best practices to decrease foley-related infections. The number one prevention is getting the catheter out when no longer needed. This is discussed during ICU rounding and is an SCIP initiative for getting the foley out on postoperative day 2. Management of the catheter is addressed in education to the nursing staff, and the transport team is looking at techniques that help prevent infections in these patients.
  • Don’t forget what is out in the community!! This means the increase in West Nile virus infections and the hantavirus that has been identified in our own Yosemite! Alerts regarding these diseases have been sent to your offices from this department and Alameda County. If identified in your offices, a report needs to be made to the public health department.

Thank you for infection prevention in your practices and your support of our program at ABSMC.

By Jan Wrobel, R.N., BSN, CIC, and the Infection Prevention Team


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