Infection PreventionSpecial Care Unit places a high priority on infection prevention within all of our hospital-based programs. Patients who have prolonged hospitalizations are more susceptible to hospital-acquired infections. Special Care staff recognizes this and places significant emphasis on evidence-based methodologies and standards of practice to reduce or prevent the spread of infections. All Special Care medical team members are held accountable to the adherence of these standards.
Standard precautions within all units include:
Strict hand washing for staff and family members
Respiratory hygiene and cough manners
Use of personal protective equipment
Proper cleansing and disinfection of exposed equipment
All patient rooms are private
Frequent urinary catheter care during each shift
Mouth care every four hours
Central Venous Line dressing changes every week or more frequently when needed
Head of bed maintained at 30-45 degrees
Baseline blood, urine, and sputum cultures are obtained upon each patiet’s admission.