Responsible for assuring that the Infection Control program meets appropriate Federal, state and local regulations. Effectively communicates to appropriate committees. Provides resources and support to department managers and Medical Staff for the planning, development, and implementation of the functions of Infection Control. Responsible for facility-wide education and New Employee Orientation for Infection Control and Employee Health.
1. Performs ongoing surveillance for identification of infection control data and nosocomial identification for all entities of the facility, including the Critical Access Hospital and Nursing Home. Conducts initial investigation of clusters of infections above the benchmark.
2. Assures timely reporting to the Daniels County Health Department of all “reportable” diseases.
3. Makes routine and random rounds to all patient care areas and various departments for the purpose of supervision and observation of infection control practices. Documents identified areas of improvements and corrective actions taken to assure resolution through department quality improvement program (may include aseptic, isolation and sanitation technique, liquid and solid waste disposal, cleaning procedures, ventilation, and air auxiliary change).
4. Knowledgeable of the appropriateness of cleaning agents being utilized. Consults relative to purchase of all equipment and supplies relevant for use with sterilization, disinfection, and decontamination
5. Establishes and maintains a centralized system for recording, reporting and evaluating the Infection Control program and activities. Recognizes the importance of organized data
6. Prepares complete, accurate and timely reports for Infection Control activities; which reflect overall trends and analysis. Assures information is reported to the Infection Control Committee.
7. Assures Annual review of the Infection Control program. Develops, secures approval of, and administers up-to-date facility-wide policies and procedures. May need to assist departments with writing and researching regulatory agency requirements for policy and procedures. Maintains a master manual of all Infection Control related policies.
8. Responsible to assist the Staff Development Coordinator in infection control related training; which shall include New Employee Orientation.
9. Serve as a resource to Medical Staff, all departments, and committees for interpretation of the Infection Control Program.
10. Schedules and assures all annual requirements and/or testing is completed and recorded appropriately to meet all federal, state and local regulatory agency requirements for appropriate departments/employees.
11. Works with the Emergency Preparedness Team to ensure a method of instituting control measures to protect everyone that enters the facility in the event of an infectious disease threat.
12. Facilitates and/or is a member of the appropriate nursing teams.
Graduated from an accredited school of nursing. Prefer BSN degree. Current Montana RN License.