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Infographic: A Day in the Life of Infection Preventionists

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A look at a day in the life of a hospital Infection Preventionist (IP). As IPs' roles expand, their hectic day includes making rounds on the hospital floor, enforcing procedures, educating staff, providing proactive counsel...and sometimes spending 5+ hours/day collecting and reporting data to federal health agencies.


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Infographic: A Day in the Life of Infection Preventionists

  1. 1. “Patient had surgery at your hospital and now has an infection.” Inpatient Unit Check and respond to voicemail and e-mails. Investigate laboratory reports for HAIs Check and respond to voicemail and e-mails. Meet with physicians in the ICU for patient assessments. Review and run HAI report from Q-Centrix and send to hospital unit Check and respond to voicemail and e-mail. Make arrangements to visit contracted cleaning facility. Begin rounds to proactively prevent infection in the Inpatient Unit. The unit is currently treating a patient for C.Diff. Lab results indicated some inconsistencies. Visit and test instruments. Educate the team on Infection prevention. Test instruments and linens. Request new linens. Educate the team on infection prevention. Educate patient’s family on the dangers of C.Diff contamination. Grab lunch with the clinical team. Investigate infection at nearby hospital. Present Infection Prevention onboarding information to new employees. Investigate previous day’s mortalities. Meet with the Product Advisory Committee. Recommend products and equipment that will reduce the potential of infection. Sort positive cultures for “mandatory reportables” Continue investigating laboratory reports for HAIs Sort lab results by infection and unit and send reports. Collect equipment specimens. Discuss findings and recommendations in the operating room. Grab lunch, finish paperwork and complete patient log for reported infection at nearby hospital. Send Infection Prevention onboarding presentation to colleague to present to new hires. Collection of specimens on equipment and discussion of findings. Sort positive cultures for “mandatory reportables” from the state health department and report findings electronically via the online portal. Complete the “mandatory reportables” form the state health department and report findings electronically via the online portal. 8:00 AM 8:15 AM 8:30 AM 10:00 AM 10:15 AM 10:30 AM 11:00AM 11:15 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM 12:40 PM 1:30 PM 1:40 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:15 PM 3:00 PM 3:45 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM Listen, Sandy, I just don’t have time to present today. I’m sending the presentation over, can you do it for me? Interesting. So, you’ve noticed a decrease in infections based on the disposables? I knew it. Welcome to the most dangerous job you'll ever have! “We’ve had a number of patients complain about internal burns. We’re wondering if something may be wrong with our equipment. Can you come down and check?” I have to disagree. We need that product. It reduces the potential for infection by 90%! Without Q-Centrix With of Infection Preventionists www.q-centrix.com I know you’re treating a patient that has C.Diff. Do you have any questions for me? This day got away from me! I didn’t even review the mortalities. I’ll have to do that first thing tomorrow. I accomplished so much today! Intensive Care OBGYN Operating Room Operating Room Endoscopy Unit “We have a patient down here with C.Diff and his family is struggling with the isolation. They refused to wear protective gear. Do you mind coming down here to talk with them?” “The environmental services did not clean this operating room correctly. Can you come down here and do a quick check?” Inpatient Unit