Infection Control Associate
Coordinates the hospital’s efforts to control the spread of infectious disease within the facility as required by CMS or OSHA and other licensing, accrediting, or regulatory bodies or statutes. Conducts surveillance of high-risk population. Monitors any outbreaks of communicable diseases, helps identify potential sources within the facility, and coordinates any necessary follow-up activities.
Develops and manages Infection Control programs for assigned service lines to include collection of data, recordkeeping of hospital associated and community acquired infections, interpretation, analysis, and reporting of information, development of interventions and recommendations related and follow up on performance.
Interprets and applies state, county, and federal requirements and other appropriate guidelines related to IC and EOC issues; assists with or develop programs to implement guidelines; informs authorities of reportable diseases.
Establishes/ maintains communication between infection control, nursing units and ancillary departments for problem solving; utilizes appropriate lines of communication within the department.
Communicates and interfaces with hospital personnel, patients, medical staff, and family members to ensure high-quality patient care.
Develops written standards, policies, and procedures relating to infection control.
Serves on hospital committees and assume responsibility for disseminating and communicating information to staff.
Identifies and evaluates relationship of environmental factors to infection.
EDUCATION: Associates degree or actively enrolled in equivalent program.
EXPERIENCE: Two (2) or more years of environmental services management or lab sciences experience.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Preferred Certification by the National Board of Infection Control (CIC). Preferred Certification in healthcare environmental services professionals (CHESP).