PURPOSE OF JOB:
The Director of Infection Prevention is administratively responsible for overseeing the infection prevention program by providing leadership, expertise and direction to all clinical departments, ancillary departments and hospital affiliates. The goal is to reduce or eliminate healthcare acquired infections for patients, staff and visitors. This is to be done through a combination of nationally accepted practices, policies and procedures, surveillance, and education.
Provide leadership and oversee the development and implementation of initiatives to reduce or remove the risk of patients and staff from acquiring infections including policies and procedures.
Implement Federal and State Regulations and nationally recognized standards from the Centers for Disease Control and Control and other professional societies relating to the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
Oversee and conduct surveillance activities to monitor infection rates and compliance activities and present these statistics to hospital committees, medical staff and hospital staff. Oversee the reporting of Hospital acquired infections to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network and the reporting of state mandated infectious diseases.
Provide infection prevention and infectious disease education to medical staff, clinical staff, non-clinical staff (if necessary) and community members. Provide disclosure information on Healthcare Acquired Infections to patients and their families.
Review and implement products and equipment which reduce the spread of infections in the hospital among patients, staff and visitors and are cost effective.
Provide guidance and support to the Occupational Health Department in the development of policies and procedures relating to infectious disease effecting staff members.