Infection Prevention On-Call Pager (available 24/7 to VUMC employees and faculty):
The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California. The outbreak started in December 2014 and has spread to more than a dozen other states. To date, there have been 114 cases reported.
Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases and presents as an acute viral respiratory illness. It is characterized by a prodrome of fever and malaise, followed by cough, coryza (nasal discharge), and conjunctivitis (the three “C”s), a pathognomonic enanthema (Koplik spots), and a maculopapular rash (see pictures of rash HERE).
In light of this outbreak, the VUMC Department of Infection Prevention and Occupational Health Clinic remind you of some important steps to prevent measles transmission at VUMC.
All VUMC healthcare providers should
Please be advised that these issues are evolving and advice may change as new information arises. For questions or additional information, please contact the VUMC Department of Infection Prevention.
Ebola Advisory (8/8/2014)
National and international health authorities are currently working to control a large, ongoing outbreak of Ebola involving areas in West Africa. There are currently no reports of endemic cases of Ebola infection in the United States. There is no vaccine to prevent Ebola infection, and treatment is supportive.
Despite recent media reports that suggest the contrary, Ebola patients can be safely managed in any acute care hospital if CDC recommended precautions are strictly followed. The Department of Infection Prevention is working closely with many key stakeholders across the medical center to ensure we are prepared to care for patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola infection. More details on the recommended infection prevention practices can be found below.
Contact 875-4000 and activate the EBOLA RESPONSE TEAM if you encounter a patient in which Ebola infection is suspected.
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NEW Urinary Catheter Management Guidelines:
In order to reduce infections due to urinary catheters in adult inpatients, a new policy that emphasizes evidence-based care and maintenance of these devices will be effective April 1. As part of this policy, all adult patients admitted to VUH will be placed on the nurse-directed Foley discontinuation protocol unless specifically excluded by a provider order. Pilot testing of this policy has been met with very positive reviews from both nursing personal and physician and NP providers.
To help with this policy change, all providers should
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PREVENT THE SPREAD OF INFLUENZA!!
VUMC policy now requires annual influenza vaccination or exemption. Exemptions may be for religious or personal/philosophical beliefs or for medical contraindications. Those who wish to be exempted from receiving the flu vaccine must complete an exemption form, available on the OHC website beginning in September.
Do you never get an annual influenza vaccination?
Do you come to work with a "cold?"
If you answered "yes," you could be spreading infleunza to
your patients and colleagues (even when you don't feel sick!)
It's influenza season again -- find out how you can protect yourself,
your colleagues, and your patients from influenza.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Infection Prevention is primarily responsible for conducting surveillance of hospital-acquired infections and investigating and controlling outbreaks or infection clusters among patients and health care personnel. Infection Prevention personnel also evaluate new and existing products, examine the latest innovations in personal protective equipment and safe needle devices, and conduct detailed special projects that investigate infection control issues at VUMC and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The Infection Preventionists have educational programs to assure quality of patient care as well as developing infection surveillance policies and procedures.
The department calculates rates of healthcare-associated infections, collates antibiotic susceptibility data, performs analysis of aggregated infection data and provides comparative data to national benchmarks over time. These data are provided to various boards and committees on a routine basis. Working with various physicians and departments, the Department of Infection Prevention also provides data for research and publications. We work closely with the Occupational Health Clinic and Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety, the Center for Clinical Improvement, and Risk Management, as well as state and local health departments.
Please use the menu at left to learn more about our department's functions and activities.