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Infection Control Committee

Introduction

Controlling infection is everyone's responsibility. In hospitals the risk of infection and cross infection is ever present, precautions must minimize these risks. The main principles in preventing transmission of infection are to identify all potential sources of infection, to care for the infected or potentially infected persons in such a manner that transmission of infection is rendered as difficult as possible, and to safely dispose of potentially infective and other injurious materials.

Mission

To provide comprehensive infection control services aimed at surveillance, prevention, and control of infections to all clients, employees, and visitors while always seeking ways to improve quality of care.

Objectives

This mission is accomplished by:
1- Education: provide orientation and continuing education on the principles and practices of infection prevention and control to all persons carrying on activities in the hospital.

2- Policies and Procedures: that comply with accepted infection control practices.
Specific policies and procedures that focus on employee health include:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Use of protective barriers
  • Aseptic techniques (Intravenous therapy, use of urinary catheters)
  • Cleaning and reprocessing of patient care equipment and medical devices
  • Isolation / precautions
  • Sharps safety
  • Preventing communicable diseases
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Waste management
  • Antibiotics policy
  • Food and nutrition services
  • Laundry and linen services
  • Employee health program
  • Dialysis unit precautions
  • Endoscopy unit precautions
  • ICU, NICU precautions
  • Control of infections in OR
  • Hospital construction and renovation

3- Surveillance / data management: Identify infections and strategies for intervention and improvement through systematic and ongoing collection, statistical analysis and reporting of hospital-acquired infections and communicable diseases.

4- Exposure evaluation: responsibilities associated with the following up on employee exposures to communicable diseases.

5- Consultation: provide expert knowledge and direction to individuals and departments, internally and externally, on matters relating to the prevention and control of infections.

Members of the Committee

  • Chairman : Dean of the faculty, Director General of the hospital.
  • Head of clinical departments.
  • Infection control team.
  • Head nurse.
  • Director of the pharmacy.
  • Director of financial affairs.