Infection Prevention & Control
This department protects our patients, visitors and healthcare workers through management of patient information, surveillance, policies and procedures, education, direct interventions and reporting. Everyone has a responsibility to assist with infection prevention.
At NHRMC, our handwashing expectation is 100% before and after every patient contact. Wash your hands for 15 seconds (the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday"). Handwashing is a basic but very important practice to prevent the spread of infection and the #1 way to break the chain of infection.
What are bloodborne pathogens?
They are viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms that are "borne" (or carried) in a person's bloodstream which can cause disease. Bloodborne pathogens need to get inside your body to cause infection. As healthcare workers, these pathogens can be spread when infected fluids enter the body through sharps injuries, cuts, scrapes or other breaks in the skin and splashes to the mucous membranes. Please refer to the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan in the IPC Manual on CapsLive for more information.
Read the Labels
To make sure you know what you are handling, OSHA requires containers of potentially infectious materials to be red or labeled clearly in orange or orange-red with certain symbols.
Work Practice Controls
Handle sharps with care. Dispose of contaminated sharps - immediately after use - in an appropriate puncture resistant, leak proof container. Do not eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or lip balm or handle contact lenses in work areas where exposure may occur.
Follow safety protocols with everyone's blood and body fluid at all times.
What is Tuberculosis?
A disease that is spread from person to person through the air
TB Control Plan
- Found in the IPC manual on CapsLive
- Isolate patient in Airborne Precautions
- Staff and visitors to wear N95 respirator (fit testing needed for staff only) or Airmate 12
- Contact IPC Department as soon as TB is suspected
- Transport patient only when necessary with a surgical filtration mask placed on the patient. If patient is unable to wear the mask, transport using the portable negative pressure unit.
- N-95 Mask Air mate
- 12 Respirator
- Negative Pressure Monitor:
- Green light - Go! Indicates room is under negative pressure. It is OK to enter.
- Red light – STOP! Do not enter, call Facilities Services immediately.
NHRMC is a "Latex aware" organization
Once a latex allergy/sensitivity is identified, a cart of latex free products should be obtained from the Distribution Department. Green is the color for identification.
** If YOU have a history, or are diagnosed with a Latex Allergy/Sensitivity, notify Employee Health.
- Main office- 17th Street: 910.342.3510
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- NHRMC Physician Group: 910.685.3959