INFECTION CONTROL PRACTITIONER
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Position Title: Infection Control Coordinator
- The Infection Prevention Coordinator is responsible for identifying health and safety risk factors associated with a hospital environment which may impact illnesses or injuries associated with patients and/or healthcare workers.
- Develops and coordinates the infection prevention and control program throughout the facility. Implements the program by formulating, establishing and evaluating policies and procedures relating to patient care infection control measures throughout the facility. Performs an annual assessment and develops action plans from the prior year activities.
- Collects and analyzes surveillance data on infection in patients and personnel.
- Maintains logs with infection surveillance data
- Collects data for analysis of unusual endemic or epidemic situations, to evaluate new procedures, or equipment to be utilized in patient care.
- Calculates infection rates using the CDC's recommended denominator data, prepares and presents reports to the Infection Control Committee, Quality Council, Medical Executive Committee and Governing Board.
- Develops and enforces effectual policies and procedures for the department and hospital that ensures compliance with JC, OSHA, CDC, CMS and other county, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
- Directs and assists in preparing reports and statistical data for the infection control committee, medical staff committees, medical executive committee and the facility's administration and other committees as needed.
- Responsible for providing Infection Prevention orientation and other in-service programs related to infection prevention and control hospital-wide.
- Makes recommendations regarding construction, renovation, environmental rounds, and assures compliance with national and/or professional standards.
- Participates in Environment of Care rounds to monitor safety practices, environmental cleanliness and compliance with infection control policies and procedures.
- Implements Employee Health programs such as pre –employment health assessments, immunization & vaccine programs, work related injury program, wellness programs, Ergonomics programs and evaluates sick call reports for clusters of illness or infectious/communicable diseases
- Acts as a resource for Infection Control/Employee Health issues hospital wide.
- Provides staff education in the areas of Infection Control/ Employee Health appropriate to the needs of the population served.
- Actively involved in the implementation and achievement of unit, department and organizational goals.
- Assures internal and external customer satisfaction with Infection Control/Employee Health services.
- Key player in planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and revision of Infection Prevention and Control Program goals, standards, policies and procedures.
- Reports communicable diseases and supporting laboratory data to the local, state and national health departments as required.
- Facilitates meeting applicable regulatory requirements through monitoring and reporting infection trends.
- Participates in epidemiological investigations of significant clusters of infection above established standards and of unusual isolates.
- Interacts with Occupational/Employee health to institute and maintain control measures pertaining to health care work exposures.
- Provides in-service education (departmental, general orientation, annual review and as needed).
- Participates in the development and review of Infection Prevention and Control Standards of Care and Hospital Infection Prevention and Control policies and procedures.
- Evaluates new products to ensure infection prevention efficacy and alignment with facility needs.
- Complies with Standards of Employee Conduct as noted in Policies and Procedures.
- Ability to work well with physicians, employees, patients, and others. Ensures the privacy and confidentiality of patient and center information by abiding by and enforcing the HIPAA privacy & security policies, which define each classification of employee and authorized access to patient information.
- The Chief Nursing Officer and the Infection Control Coordinator are responsible for developing and revising policies and procedures relating to the Infection Control Program to insure infection control standards that meet CDC, TJC, APIC, OSHA & State/County requirements.
License / Certifications / Requirements:
Certification in Infection Control (CIC) preferred
Requires a current RN license with BSN preferred, OR Masters in Public Health (MPH), OR Medical technologist, OR a Bachelor's degree in microbiology or epidemiology.
Must have at least one year of clinical experience in a hospital setting or disease surveillance experience in a public health setting.
Evidence of continuing education and training in infection control measures
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