What is UMHS doing to prevent infections?
The Department of Infection Control & Epidemiology oversees the Health System's efforts to prevent and control healthcare associated infections in patients and personnel. They accomplish this by collecting and analyzing data to evaluate and identify infection sources, determine methods of spread and make recommendations regarding prevention and control.
Hand hygiene is of major importance for preventing the spread of infections. Hand hygiene includes washing with soap and water or using alcohol hand sanitizer before and after patient contacts.
Extensive educational campaigns and hand hygiene monitors have kept the rate of compliance to above 90%. UMHS has also placed alcohol hand sanitizer in patient rooms, exam rooms and many public areas, to make them readily accessible to staff, patients, families and visitors.
See http://www.med.umich.edu/ice/info.htm for additional information on hand hygiene.
UMHS participates in state and national collaboratives to implement best practices related to infection prevention. Rates for catheter related bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia and surgical site infections have decreased dramatically over the past few years.
Infection Control and Epidemiology
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Ann Arbor, MI