Customized Infection Control Plans (ICPs)
We know that as an administrator, owner and operator dealing with harmful bacteria & pathogens which would lead to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) usually isn’t at the top of your priority list unless you’re operating in a highly regulated industry or faced with an emergency situation. But the reality is, cross-contamination and the spread of harmful contamination is increasing and becoming a very big concern across a broad industry spectrum.
Whether you are a public or private transportation system, patient focus healthcare system, senior living community, educational system, childcare or commercial facility; the increasing rise in drug resistant microorganisms and harmful bacteria is creating a growing need for organizations to start looking at better solutions in order to protect; patients, students, children, employees and consumers from the devastating effects of biological contamination.
IPCE is the solution to assist you in reducing your facility, staff and consumers from the exposure to harmful contamination wherever it resides. Our customized ICP is a systematic plan based upon a completed infection control risk assessment (ICRA) this ICRA provides the foundation for an effective ICP. The goal of an ICP is to reduce risks of cross-transmission of harmful bacteria & pathogens which may lead to HAIs.
What Elements Do We Consider?
There are a variety of elements that must be considered when establishing a sound ICP, such as:
Population Based on the type facility usage, we take into account the demographics in which your facility provide services such as; socioeconomic situation, age and any other factors that may directly or indirectly impact health. For example, a youth facility such as; Childcare or Early Childhood Education infection risks will change compared to a Skilled Nursing Facility with older adults.
An element that is often overlooked an ICP should have a communication strategy – which applies to both internal and external efforts on clear processes to follow for both routine and emergency situations. This allows administrators and/or leaders the ability to evaluate how messages are communicated within a facility, among staff, between entities or community at-large.
Administrators should develop strict hygiene requirements and monitor for compliance, as well as assess how to proactively work to keep their staff healthy by developing a sick policy that keeps employees away from when they have certain illnesses. This policy should include expectations for proper immunizations, as well as a TB control program that screens staff to prevent spread.
Drawing the attention of Administration & Staff to promote best practices for a safer work place, with the overall goal of increasing the awareness of health and environmental concerns, and protect workers, consumers, residents, bystanders, communities from harmful bacteria.
Develop procedures to implement standardized high-level disinfection protocols which will meet respective regulatory requirements and drastically reduce the presence of harmful bacteria & pathogens on High-Touch Surfaces/Objects.
Risks for Infections
Based on your respective facility type & usage there are a handful of major risks for infection you should be mitigating ranging from:
Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph)
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (Pseudomonas)
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Clostridium difficile spores (C. diff)
Any type of emergency situation places strain on a facility and can lead to a higher rate of infection and/or negative community perception. IPCE will work alongside your organization to not only respond to a potential emergency outbreak we also assist you on how to plan for an emergency, and anticipate a variety of scenarios that could occur both internally or externally.
Education and Competency Evaluation
The key to reducing the cross-transmission of harmful bacteria & pathogens is education. Our ICP includes at a minimum an annual or biannual workshop development training for all staff to ensure they are orientated on industry standards on evidence-based best practices for infection prevention & control.