- Prevent healthcare associated infections- Always clean hands with alcohol sanitizer or soap and water before entering a patient room or space and when leaving a patient room or space.
- Prevent Central Line Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) and Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) - Get all devices out as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infections. Do a daily assessment of the need for a Foley catheter and /or central line and document the reason for not removing the device in the patient’s medical record.
- Reduce the risk for surgical site infection- Instruct the patient to bathe with Hibiclens or antimicrobial soap at least once the night before surgery; if the patient has a recent history of MRSA prescribe Bactroban intranasally a few days before surgery and prescribe an effective antibiotic during surgery.
- Prevent transmission of infectious organisms- Isolate patients with a history of resistant organisms and comply with posted isolation precautions.
Consult with Infection Control at Ext. 4014 regarding the Suburban Hospital protocol for clearance from isolation for MRSA, VRE, ESBL, Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), C Difficile.
- Call the Infection Control (IC) staff at (301) 896-4014 if you have questions about IC policies, you need to inform the IC staff about an infection in your patient, or you have any additional concerns.