Auditor General Report says: Infection prevention and control works at Capital Health

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 12:23pm

May 30, 2012, the Auditor General released a report on Infection Prevention and Control. Overall, the report supported that Capital Health has a good understanding of Infection Control. Preventing and controlling infection is a joint effort among many people in different departments, and I want to commend everyone for going the extra mile!

The Auditor General’s Report highlighted some important areas to enhance patient safety. Here are some things we can all do to help:

  • Check furniture such as bedside tables, chairs, etc. Ensure it is “cleanable” (fluid resistant, non porous) and without holes/breaks/tears in fabric. Remove furniture with broken moldings, exposed particle board or raw wood – germs find homes in these difficult-to-clean areas.
  • Assess existing wood furniture regularly to see that the finish remains sealed. Purchase of new wood or particle board furniture to patch over an area is not recommended. Once the finish is rubbed off, we can’t disinfect properly.
  • Ensure call bell and light switch cords are able to be cleaned and are free of tape or twill where germs can lurk. Infection Prevention and Control recommends the “Nurse Pull Cord” form Castle and Copper Item # 228-060-011 or 2280060-009 or 228-060-007.
  • Notify maintenance if you have any spray wands in patient washrooms or dirty utility rooms. (They should have already been decommissioned but a few may have been missed.)
  • Make sure the disposal of human waste is occurring in dirty utility rooms and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is worn. See your Infection Control Practitioner for more information around this critical area.

Review the Auditor General’s Report. The section on Infection Prevention and Control begins on page 61.
Great job, everyone!

Tammy MacDonald, RN, BScN, MBA, CIC
Health Services Manager - Infection Prevention & Control