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Infection Control and Prevention Service

The objective of the Infection Control and Prevention Service is to promote the practice of hospital infection control. An ICT (Infection Control Team) has been formed in collaboration with other departments such as the Department of Nursing, Pharmaceutical Service, and The Secretariat, so as to implement full-scale infection control measures.

Services

Monitoring of MRSA and other drug-resistant bacteria found in the hospital

Investigation of the conditions, regular reporting of investigation results to departments, and the provision of instructions on the appropriate use of mupirocin, vancomycin and teicoplanin.

Ward rounds

On-site information is gathered during ICT rounds on Thursdays. If any problems associated with hospital infection control and infection treatment are found, measures are discussed with medical staff.

Training and instruction on hand washing

Training on hand washing is provided for new employees and whenever hospital infection occurs; and training and instruction are provided to staff in response to requests from Services wards.

Preparation of guidelines and instruction on the proper use of antimicrobials

 

Investigation of infection routes based on gene analysis of isolated bacterial strains

When an outbreak of hospital infection is suspected, or colonization of multi-drug-resistant bacteria is observed in patients, genetic analysis of isolated strains is performed to investigate the route of infection and develop an appropriate response.

Screening of staff for nasal MRSA

In wards where new MRSA carriers have been identified, handwashing is implemented and, if necessary, staff is screened for MRSA. Carriers, if identified, are handled appropriately.

Inspection of the environment of hospital wards

Inspections are performed in consultation with ward staff.

Provision of information on treatment to be provided to patients with infection and measures to be taken on wards

In response to inquiries from wards or when a special bacterium has been identified, the Infection Control and Prevention Service staff, along with staff from the Department of Infectious Diseases, provides information about treatment methods and measures to ward staff.

Management of needlestick injuries and accidental exposure to blood or body fluid

The infection Control and Prevention Service Division is responsible for the management of needlestick injuries, cuts, and exposure to blood or body fluid among health care providers. Based on reports of these accidents via the EPINet (Exposure Prevention Information Network), the division analyzes the background of accidents.

Provision of information on the treatment of HIV-infected patients and viral hepatitis

Information on treatment for patients with HIV infection and viral hepatitis, and hospital-infection control is provided from the viewpoint of specialists.

Medical support for other infections

Supporting medical care for infections along with the Department of Infectious Disease.

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