Investigates and monitors known or potential sources of suspected infections in order to determine the source and minimize the risk of exposure. Plans and coordinates procedures related to infection control. Provides in-service training, compiles data and prepares periodic reports concerning infections.
Reviews microbiology reports, daily admissions and Emergency Department visits and medical records. Performs prevalence rounds and focused review regarding infections. Using above findings prepares reports on infection rates and identifies trends/patterns. Follows up with department or committee regarding infection control issues, works to resolve any negative trend.
Identifies and reports healthcare associated infections (HAI) monthly in the NHSN database, as mandated by the State of MD.
Identifies reportable conditions such as tuberculosis and reports to State Health Department.
Communicates MDRO’s to facility Units/Departments, including in the patient information system and communicates to outside facilities as needed.
Coordinates with Corporate Education and unit based education personnel in providing education on infectious illnesses and infection control issues to employees, including orientation.
Conducts monthly and annual in-services to designated high risk areas.
Reviews hospital testing/screening procedures. Reviews and updates hospital Infection Control policies and procedures at least every 3 years and maintains an up-to-date Infection Control Manual.
Maintains resource file of information for all departments and serves as a resource person to departments within the facility to ensure patient/employee safety and continuity of care as related to Infection Control.
Participates in Collaboratives, other Performance Improvement initiatives and committees as required and needed to reduce HAI and MDRO transmission.
Performs post-exposure follow-up as needed, including Hospital Staff, patients and First Responders, coordinating with Employee Health as appropriate.
Current license or registration in good standing as a Medical Technologist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Physician or Registered Nurse in Maryland or Bachelor’s Degree.
Minimum two (2) year clinical experience in infection control.
Minimum three (3) years infection control clinical experience.