Infection Control Coordinator
Porter Medical Center | Middlebury, VT
The Infection Control Coordinator implements, promotes and maintains an active infection control program through surveillance and investigative activities, consultation, education, policy development and research throughout Porter Hospital. This role works to reduce the risk of health care-associated infections and improve patient outcomes by working collaboratively with the medical staff, all departments and administration. The Infection Control Coordinator ensures that facilities and services are in compliance with infection control practice as well as local, state and regulatory infection control standards.
The Infection Control Coordinator assists in management of emergency planning as it relates to infection control issues.
Salary Range: Min/Hour: $28.00 Mid/Hour: $35.00 Max/Hour: $42.00
Job Responsibilities (Infection Control)
- Systematically collect, review, analyze and interpret surveillance data that permit timely recognition of health care-associated infections and recommend appropriate actions to reduce or eliminate infectious risks in patients and staff. Perform data collection to include populations at risk, device specific infection rates, and infection rates by risk index; and when possible benchmark rates with appropriate external agencies including reportable disease process to VDH. Identify trends in infection rates, nosocomial pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance.
- Services as the secretary of the Infection Control Committee meetings and preparing and organizing agenda, reports, and minutes. Communicates infections activities, findings, and corrective actions to the Infection Control Chairperson, Administration, appropriate departments, and relevant government or public health agencies.
- Maintains current knowledge of JCAHO infection control standards, applicable state and federal laws and regulations, and local health ordinances, and maintains current infection control information from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and similar such as APIC and SNEA research resources. Maintains liaison with the Associated Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and with infection control representative of area hospitals. Participates with any authorized external inspection representative, complete infection control portion of any require hospital report, and reviews reported information with Infection Control Committee,
- Investigate and control outbreaks and infection clusters among patients and employees.
- Develop, review, evaluate and implement infection control policies to improve quality of care and reduce or eliminate health care-associated infections. Maintain an updated infection control manual using current evidence based practice and standards of practice.
- Develop, update, and initiate isolation techniques and procedures in accordance with current standards of practice and rules and regulations; ensure staff compliance with isolation policies.
- Responsible for educational programs for employees which convey specialized knowledge and skills to increase employee awareness of health care-associated infections, techniques for avoidance and preventive measures to provide a safe environment. Orients all new employees to the infection control program and updates staff of new or revised infection control policies.
- Monitors patient care activities to identify methods, techniques, equipment, supplies or new products which may transmit infection. Provide consultative services on product and equipment evaluation. Participate in periodic surveys of patient care areas to access patient safety. Participates in special studies and acts as a resource person for staff.
- Communicate with licensed independent practitioners (LIPs), staff, students/trainees, volunteers and as appropriate visitors and patients about infection prevention and control issues, including their responsibilities in preventing the spread of infection within the hospital.
- Maintains reports and is responsible for reporting identified infections to the appropriate staff within the hospital, federal, state, and local public health authorities in accordance with law and regulation.
- Employee will perform his/her job in a safe manner as defined in any and all applicable Porter policies specific to the job including but not limited to policies addressing: Standard Precautions, Use of PPE, Safe lifting/ergonomics, and Handling of Hazardous Materials.
- “Notifies direct supervisor of infractions of policy, procedure, laws and regulations as they are identified. Notifies supervisor’s manger of same if supervisor does not correct or resolve issue within a reasonable time frame. Notifies Corporate Compliance Officer of any issues that continue to be unresolved.”
Develop annual Risk assessments, including a numerical risk assessment, and from these, develop a comprehensive annual Plan for Infection Control standards and practice measures.
- Graduate of an accredited Registered Nurse Program.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
- Three to five years progressively related experience.
- Have a current and unrestricted VT RN license with the Vermont State Board.
- Candidates with infection prevention experience preferred.
- Candidate will attend a basic infection prevention training course within the first year of employment in the position.
- Demonstrate commitment to taking advantage of learning situations and opportunities for own continuing education.