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INFECTION CONTROL PROFESSIONAL Req #: 140961 HMC INFECTION CONTROL Job Location: Harborview Medical Center PATRICIA STEEL BUILDING (401 BROADWAY, SEATTLE)
Posting Date: 01/05/2017 Open - Until Filled
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
HMC Infection Control has an outstanding opportunity for an Infection Control Professional (ICP) in a 75% - Part time position.
The ICP will be an integral member of a highly specialized, multidisciplinary medical center program serving to identify, control, and prevent healthcare-associated infections. Ensure that projects as outlined by the Medical Director of Infection Control and Administrative Director of Quality Improvement are completed in a timely manner. Work collaboratively within the Infection Control and QI department to create a shared governance model for all activities that involve hospital-wide implementation, education, information, and training in the area of infection control. Serve as a consultant and advisor to personnel at all levels for infection control epidemiology issues within Harborview Medical Center. Participate in epidemiologic outbreak investigation. Participate in regulatory and accreditation activities related to infection control. Participate in the decision-making process, support and development of policies and procedures around infection control.
The position of Infection Control Professional (ICP) is an integral member of a highly specialized, multidisciplinary medical center program serving to identify, control, and prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI's) and to improve the use of antimicrobials for patients. This position will focus on surveillance of healthcare-associated MRSA, VRE and other drug resistant organisms, surveillance of specific surgical site infections and supporting operational interventions to decrease the absolute number and rates of these infections. This position will also have a critical role in interfacing with the quality improvement information technology team regarding the development of data inquiries for infection prevention and for antimicrobial stewardship.
Using clinical knowledge, chart review, microbiology and epidemiologic analysis, this person will provide real time and retrospective identification of infections or risk of infections to support the safety of our patients. This person will assist with the complex hospital, UW Medicine, state and national reporting requirement to monitor and report healthcare associated infections.
This important position will support the Infection Prevention & Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship programs that are central to our patient safety and prominent in our Patients are First goals and regulatory requirements. A detailed understanding of hospital/healthcare epidemiology, infection control regulations and practices, clinical assessment and microbiology is required to be sucessful in this position. Ability to apply epidemiologic skills to infection surveillance in order to target effective preventive interventions. Ability to adapt national guidelines to local conditions and concerns around antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse positions within the hospital in order to coordinate efforts around infection control. In conjunction with others in the Quality Improvement and Infection Prevention & Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship teams, provide the ability to create, validate, manage and utilize complex surveillance and systems and data collection systems. Participate in providing 24 hour on-call infection control coverage for Harborview Medical Center providing guidance to health care providers in the management and control of infectious conditions.
This is an important hospital quality improvement and patient safety position with Harborview's Infection Prevention & Control Program. This individual will participate in a multidisciplinary approach to antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance and prevention of healthcare-associated infections with a focus on multidrug-resistant organisms, surgical site infections. Critical to this role will be interfacing with information technology experts on database development and data reports. This position will play a vital role in supporting hospital QI initiatives involving the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement projects as well as allowing HMC to meet both CMS and state reporting requirements for healthcare-associated infections (including central line-blood stream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, and multidrug-resistant organisms). In particular, this position will participate in the development of a comprehensive antimicrobial use surveillance program allowing HMC to expand current surveillance activities. This is a critical support to building the stewardship program and increasingly required by regulatory bodies and third party payers.
Overview of activities: 1. Serve as direct report to the Medical Director of Infection Control and Director of Quality Improvement. 2. Ensure that projects as outlined by the Medical Director of Infection Control and Control and Director of Quality Improvement are completed in a timely manner. 3. Work collaboratively within the Infection Prevention & Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship teams and QI Department to create a shared governance model for all activities that involve hospital-wide implementation, education, information, and training. 4. Work collaboratively with the Clinical Operations Manager for Infection Prevention & Control and the Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacist. 5. Serve as a clinical consultant and advisor to patient care and administrative personnel at all levels for infection prevention & control epidemiology issues within Harborview Medical Center. 6. In conjunction with other members of the infection control program provide 24 hour infection control on-call coverage for Harborview Medical Center. 7. Participate in epidemiologic outbreak investigations. 8. Participate in regulatory and accreditation activities related to infection prevention & control. 9. Participate in the decision-making process, support and development of policies and procedures around infection control.
Specific Responsibilities and Duties I. Leadership: 1. Assist in coordinating infection control investigations and antimicrobial surveillance. 2. Develop and maintain relationships with unit and department staff and managers, service chiefs and providers, and administrative staff to ensure coordination of infection control related activities, education, programs and policies. 3. Participate in medical center programmatic and educational efforts of interdepartmental nature and activities that transcend specific department, unit, and service areas (e.g. environmental health and safety issues, construction activities, and sterilization and disinfection issues).
II. Surveillance and Quality Improvement: 1. Participate in development, education and implementation of medical center wide infection surveillance programs across units, services and departments. Primary focus will be on MRSA, VRE, surgical site infections and antimicrobial stewardship efforts, however, cross training includes participation an all aspects of the infection prevention program: a. Multidrug-resistant organisms such Clostridium difficile, Acinetobacter, and multridrug-resistant Gram negative bacteria b. Respiratory pathogens such as tuberculosis and influenza c. Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) such as central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. 2. Maintain a surgical site infection surveillance program to include reportable SSI as well as selected elective cases and centers of emphasis including orthopedics/spine, neurosurgery, vascular, and general surgery. Participate in workgroups providing education and surveillance data to operational staff and faculty. 3. Coordinate with QI department on SSI prevention initiatives. 4. Report HAI through National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) as required by CMS and state law. 5. Guide analyses and presentation of healthcare-associated infection surveillance results and antimicrobial use including major aspects of data collection and database management. 6. Act as a liaison with King County and other public health organizations for infection prevention & control and exposure issues. 7. Monitor compliance with local, state, and federal regulations as well as policies and procedures within the purview of the IP&C department's scope of practice. 8. Participate in annual review of regulatory requirements and institutional infection control goals.
III. Outbreak Investigations: 1. Assist in epidemiologic investigations of suspected outbreaks and/or exposures to infectious diseases in conjunction with the Medical Director of Infection Prevention & Control and Employee Health Services as appropriate. 2. Determine when physician or additional expert consultation is indicated. 3. Recommend changes based on the investigation results. 4. Publish results as appropriate
IV. Educational material development: 1. Develop educational and training materials for medical staff, affiliated schools of nursing and medicine and other health sciences in conjunction with the Clinical Operations Manager for Infection Prevention & Control, the Antimicrobial Stewardship team and Clinical Education. 2. Develop educational and training materials for patients, families and visitors related to infection prevention and control measures in conjunction with the Clinical Operations Manager for Infection Control and Clinical Education. 3. Contribute to clinical and scientific literature. 4. Design, present and evaluate educational programs for conferences and represent the medical center in these activities.
1. Bachelor's in Public Health or Healthcare, Epidemiology, or Nursing is preferred. 2. Four to Five years experience as a healthcare epidemiologist or infection control professional. 3. Expertise in hospital epidemiology, microbiology, and infectious diseases. 4. Basic knowledge and experience with database management systems.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.
Expertise in hospital epidemiology, microbiology, and infectious diseases. Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is desirable. Master's Degree in Nursing, Healthcare or Public Health, or Epidemiology, Qualified for clinical appointment in School of Medicine, Public Health or Nursing.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Office, clinic, and hospital environment in a large multidisciplinary academic medical center. Will walking between buildings on a several block campus.
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