Infectious Diseases Consultants physicians provide medical leadership and advice to the Good Samaritan Hosptial Infection Control Program and to the programs of affiliated hospitals.
Prevention of healthcare associated infection has become of crucial importance for healthcare systems as such infections are a significant cause of patient illness and even death. The problem has become all the more acute with the development of multi-drug resistant micro-organisms.
Focus of infection control efforts includes:
- Prevention of surgical site (post-operative) infections
- Control of multi-drug resistant organisms including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant Enterococcus (VRE) -
- Control of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea
- Surveillance for healthcare associated infections; participation in the National Healthcare Safety Network
- Assisting in programs to prevent bloodstream and respiratory infections (pneumonia) in the hospital
- Management of accidental parenteral exposures (needle sticks)
- Assisting the employee health department in developing policies in regard to employee illness and employee immunization - for example, influenza
- Assisting area long term care facilities in implementing rational infection control policies
- Identifying infections of public health importance and assuring reporting to appropriate public health authority; assuring communication with local, state, and national public health authorities in regards infectious diseases
Preventing healthcare associated infections is one of the highest priorities of the physicians of Samaritan Infectious Disease.