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Reducing Infections

  • 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.




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