Hospital infections are a significant problem in modern medicine. The number of infections has increased due to the increasing number of patients with reduced immunity; use of invasive diagnostics and treatment methods; extensive use of antibiotics and distribution of microbial resistance.
In 2002, Infection Control Department was established as a part of Quality Department. The main objective of the department is to minimize the risk for hospital infections and create safer treatment and working environment for patients and staff.
- registration and analyses of hospital infections
- monitoring resistant microbes and outbreaks in cooperation with microbiology laboratory
- developing antibiotics policies; monitor and analyse the use of antibiotics and provide counselling regarding antibacterial treatment in co-operation with hospital pharmacy
- develop hygiene requirements and regularly check if these requirements are followed
- advise staff on preventing the spread of infectious diseases
- register all incidents where staff has had contact with cuts and stick wounds, in cooperation with Work Safety Division
- provide training on infection control issues, in cooperation with Training Division
- consult with other medical specialists regarding infectious diseases
The department employs 3 doctors and 6 nurses.