The Infection Prevention and Control Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is here to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe from infectious diseases. Our goal is to prevent infections in our hospital, our clinics and our community.
Hand hygiene is the single most effective measure to prevent infection.
- The soap and water method and the alcohol-based hand sanitizer method are equally effective for hand hygiene in almost all situations.
- Always wash with soap and water if your hands are visibly soiled, after using the bathroom, before and after eating, and after contact with a patient with a C. difficile infection.
- Speak up if you don't see staff cleaning their hands!
- Hospital code words for hand hygiene (based on the childhood game Simon Says) are "Simon says, wash your hands." Those words alert staff that you did not see them perform hand hygiene.
Isolation helps prevent the spread of germs among patients, staff and visitors.
- A sign is placed on the door to the room or on the patient's bed or bedside curtain to indicate a patient requiring isolation.
- Any special precautions that need to be taken will be explained to you by the medical and nursing team.
- Patients who are in isolation are not permitted to have visitors under the age of 10.
- Anyone with symptoms of illness should not visit our patients in the hospital.
- Visitors or patients arriving with a cough or cold symptoms must cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Masks are also available for patients at the entrance to our clinics and Emergency Department.
- Strict visitor restrictions for respiratory virus season apply to visitors to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
Surveillance and tracking
Surveillance and tracking of infections help prevent their spread to other patients, visitors, staff and the public.
- Real-time reporting of infections is done through the Infection Prevention team.
- Monthly reports of infections go to the Infection Control Committee.
- Infection Prevention and Control works closely with local and state public health departments to plan for outbreaks, emerging infectious disease threats, and any other public health concerns.
Antimicrobial stewardship program
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have determined that antibiotic resistance is a global threat.
- Antibiotics and similar drugs (together called antimicrobials) have been used to treat infections for decades.
- Some germs have been able to adapt and are not killed by antibiotics.
- Our program is dedicated to promoting the proper use of antibiotics for our patients.
- In general, up to half of antibiotic use is unnecessary and inappropriate and adds to the growing problem of resistant microorganisms.
- Antibacterial drugs should not be taken for viruses.
- Always take and complete the course of antibiotics prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Reporting hospital-acquired infections allows us to track trends and use that knowledge to further our prevention efforts.
- Our organization reports all our infections to the CDC through the National Health Safety Network (NHSN).
- The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) publishes infection rates of all medical facilities on their website. Our data can be found here: Healthcare-Associated Infections in California Hospitals Annual Report
- Ann Petru, MD, FAAP, Infection Control Officer & Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
- Brian Lee, MD, FAAP, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Director & Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
- Charlotte Hsieh, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
- Amanda Lucas MS, RN, CIC, Manager of Infection Prevention & Control
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Oakland, CA 94609
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