Infection control measures at Clarke County Hospital
Clarke County Hospital has significantly kept infection rates down by using a multi-prong approach. Strategies designed to reduce the spread of infections at the hospital include containment and isolation, hand hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and enforcement of employee health.
Masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment are located at all entrances and available to anyone needing or wanting extra protection. These supplies provide a physical barrier to airborne viruses and other bacteria that can be dispersed from a sneeze or cough. Isolating contagious pathogens is a similar strategy used with inpatients who present with contagious infections. Healthcare workers use gowns, gloves and masks, as indicated, when entering patient rooms to prevent contracting the infection and/or spreading it to others.
A hospital-wide goal was established at CCH in 2012 to meet the highest standards of hand hygiene. Last October, the hospital began a campaign to encourage all staff to practice frequent hand washing and utilize hand sanitizing agents to reduce the spread of infection by contact. Employees encounter frequent reminders to wash their hands regularly, notably before and after contact with patients, before and after eating, using the restroom and handling potentially contaminated objects.
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