The Infection Control Officer, under the clinical direction of the Chairman of the Infection Control Committee and the VP Nursing Services, is responsible for the Hospital-wide Infection Control Program. The Infection Control Officer acts as the Hospital liaison for the Infection Control Committee and has a sentinel role in prevention and control of infections hospital-wide. Creates and maintains a safe, therapeutic environment that respects the rights of all patients and provides treatment interventions appropriate for the age, developmental status, culture, spiritual beliefs and sexual orientation of each patient.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned
Serves on hospital, medical and nursing committees as appointed or requested.
Distributes updated information on patient care issues related to Infection Control hospital wide. Develops and disseminates care competence for all personnel regarding infection control.
Plans and conducts educational programs for Infection Control and prevention in collaboration with nursing for the organization.
Collaborates with the Chairman of the Infection Control Committee in policy development and implementation according to government regulations and recommendations of CDC, OSHA, IDPH, CAHO,APIC and other appropriate professional organizations.
Resource person to all hospital departments for Infection Control issues. Available seven days per week 24 hours/day by pager or phone. Monitors appropriateness of isolation precautions taken for patients with communicable diseases. a member of the Product Evaluation Committee to evaluate current and proposed products according to infection control recommendations.
Maintains current knowledge base in Infection Control/Infectious Disease theory and trends. Maintains surveillance of treatment and control of infection.
Maintains active memberships in professional organizations related to Infection Control.
Positively impacts on hospital quality of patient care by analyzing current and retrospective patient infections, both community-acquired and nosocomial. Enforces infection control policies and procedures hospital-wide. Identifies risk for infection spread, and, acts collaboratively with staff to control and prevent further infection.
Conducts surveillance rounds of hospital departments, investigates infection reports and monitors isolation procedures for appropriate category and duration.
Reviews laboratory culture reports and monitors data; appropriate action take on significant findings. Identifies trends in antibiotic resistant organisms and reports information at appropriate committee meetings.
Reports nosocomial infections, communicable diseases reportable to the health department and many other concerns to the Infection Control Committee and other appropriate departments and committees.
Collects required data and completes reports on infectious diseases the City of Chicago, State and federal regulations, mails reports with required time frames to specific agencies.
Assists nursing staff in physician notification of patients who were exposed to a communicable disease during hospitalization.
Demonstrates responsibility to provide all patients with consistent level of care. Encourages patient participation in self-care, initiates timely psychosocial interventions, promotes safety in the environment considering patient's age, mobility, and educational level, cultural and religious beliefs.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Understands and adheres to Loretto Hospital's compliance standards as they appear in the Compliance Policy, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy. Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and Hospital regulations, laws, and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified. Ensures that the staff arc trained and evaluated on their knowledge of and adherence to compliance policies and procedures specific to their jobs.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the personnel so classified.For purposes of the American with Disabilities Act, “Job Duties” are essential job functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk as well as occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch. Normal or corrected vision, hearing and ability to speak are necessary. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, sharp eye focus and ability to distinguish colors. There may be periods of stressful, intense concentration with more than average pressure used in a variety of problem solving situations.
Possesses basic communication skills and current knowledge of clinical care and practice. Follows proper lines of authority, and is able to listen, plan and problem solve. Must show initiative and accept constructive criticism. Possesses adequate writing skills and basic word processing computer skills. Knowledge of decontamination, sterilization and surveillance is required.
Required training in Infection Control, epidemiology and statistics documented by certificates from APIC training course
Five or more years' clinical experience and at least one to two years or experience in Infection Control.
Certified by CBIC as "CIC".
Additional Salary Information: Full Benefits
Internal Number: 2870
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