Infection Prevention and Control Indicators
SJGHEL’s Infection Prevention and Control Program is an essential component of quality patient care and patient safety. The program’s evidence-based guidance and recommendations help reduce the risk of infection for patients, staff, and visitors.
The program helps ensure the protection of patients, health-care workers, staff, and visitors from preventable hospital-acquired disease through surveillance, education, consultation, outbreak investigation, and the development of policies and procedures.
A hospital-acquired infection is one that was not present or incubating prior to the patient being admitted to the hospital but occurred within 48-72 hours after admittance to the hospital.
SJGHEL monitors infection rates very closely. Despite our best efforts, hospital-acquired cases of MRSA, and C. difficile are on the rise in hospitals across Canada. This increase is due to a number of reasons including:
- today’s hospitalized patients are sicker than ever before,
- the number of patients with weakened immune systems is increasing,
- new devices and procedures with inherent risks are in use,
- antibiotic use is resulting in the development of resistant bacteria, and
- increased travel allows global spread of bacteria and other pathogens.
To combat this rise in infection rates, SJGHEL has implemented several measures to address infection rates, including:
- hand hygiene program with increase access to alcohol-based hand rub,
- screening patients on admission for history of carrying resistant germs,
- renovations to patient care areas,
- increased housekeeping resources, and
- education and awareness campaigns for patients and health-care providers.
- Quality Improvement Plan
- Infection Prevention and Control Indicators
Infection Control Benefits
Hand Hygiene Compliance
Medical Scope Management
Surgical Sterile Processing
Below you will find links to various Infection Prevention and Control Indicators for SJGHEL: