Infection Prevention Specialist Job

Children's Health - Compliance Careers

Job Number: 54504

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 6-1-2018

Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:

In collaboration with the Director and the Hospital Epidemiologist, assist in planning and coordinating infection prevention and control activities throughout Children's Health in order to provide a safe environment for patients, healthcare workers and visitors. Serve as an expert and consultant on various infection prevention issues, according to all hospital and legislated standards. Facilitate and coordinate hospital and system wide teams for infection prevention initiatives.

JOB SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Performs targeted surveillance, including collection, analysis and feedback of infectious outcomes in patients, healthcare workers and visitors. Identifies trends and patterns in surveillance data, develops conclusions and recommends appropriate interventions to improve patient outcomes to various teams and committees.
  • Prepares and presents data in a variety of narrative and visual formats taking the audience into consideration.
  • Maintains understanding of regulatory standards and guidelines from authoritative agencies including Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Texas Department of State Health Services, and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and collaborates with other departments to facilitate compliance with these standards.
  • Educates healthcare workers on Infection Prevention topics upon hire, annually and on an as needed basis.
  • Monitors for compliance with established infection prevention standards through rounding and auditing.
  • Assists in the creation and revision of evidence based hospital wide Infection Prevention policies and procedures.
  • Monitors construction and renovation projects, and participates in pre-planning, construction and pre-occupancy activities in collaboration with Project Management, Engineering and Facilities Services departments.
  • Responsible for recognition and investigation of clusters and outbreaks of epidemiologically significant organisms; collaborate and communicate with state and local health departments in investigation of diseases with public health impact.
  • Serves as an expert resource for infectious diseases and actively prepares for new and emerging infectious diseases as well as known high consequence infectious diseases.
  • Represents the department on various internal and external committees, meetings and collaborations.
  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.

EXPERIENCE:

3 years infection prevention experience preferred

EDUCATION:

Four-year Bachelor's degree in a health care related field required

LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS:

Certification in Infection Control within 2 years of hire and kept up to date during employment required


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