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The Infection Prevention and Control Unit is comprised of a small group of professionals who work as part of the multi-disciplinary team providing specialist advice, guidance, support and education regarding infection control.
The service provided by the infection prevention and control team is available for all In-patients and Out-patients who may need our advice and help.

Hours of Operation : Monday to Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

“Infection Control is Everyone’s Business”

The Hospital is part of WHO’s Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Campaign. For more information, visit
http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/en/

Services Offered

  • Education – to ensure staff are up to date with safe working practices.
  • Audit – to monitor aspects of patient care and environmental standards.
  • Surveillance – to monitor trends and feed this information back to the nurses and doctors to allow them to make clinical judgements on patient care including MRSA, clostridium difficile, bacteraemia, septicaemia and all other healthcare associated infections.
  • Advice – to nurses, doctors, GPs and the public. The infection prevention and control nurses visit the wards on a daily basis to address infection prevention and control issues directly within the patient environment.
  • Outbreak Management – if an outbreak occurs, the team provides daily advice to manage the situation and to minimise disruption to essential services.
  • Research – when products are developed which may benefit patients, trials are conducted. If the trials are favourable, the team can make business cases for integrating them into our care provision.
  • Information – to ensure that the QEH’s infection control policies are in line with national guidance and international best practices and that information on common infections is available to patients, relatives and caregivers.
  • Ensuring safe, clean working environments.
  • Manage potential risks from building works.
  • Organizing additional cleaning and decontamination of clinical areas and equipment as needed.

Accomplishments

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Increase visibility of healthcare associated infections
  • Link Nurse Program
  • First Country in the English Speaking Caribbean to conduct Mask Fit Testing
  • Annual Infection Control Conference
  • Registered with WHO Safe Care Hospital
  • PAHO/QEH Mentorship Program

Patient Safety Information

If you, or you know someone who is a patient at the QEH; we’ve made available for download information on ways to help prevent the spread of infection

Handle Antibiotics With Care

Click to view information on the ways to prevent antibiotic resistance due to misuse.

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