Infection Control Program
The main focus of the Infection Control Department is the prevention, management and control of communicable diseases. The Infection Control Department at Upstate University Hospital Community Campus strives to ensure a healthy, safe environment for patients as well as employees and visitors. The department focuses on infection control and maintains hospital safety by incorporating the following:
Contact InformationSue Chamberlain, RN,CIC
Infection Control Program Director
Upstate University Hospital Community Campus
Phone: (315) 492-5907
Fax: (315) 492-5650
- An annual risk assessment to prioritize our efforts to eliminate infections.
- Teaching and promoting proper hand hygiene.
- Providing immunizations - annual flu clinics are held each year for all employees, volunteers and employee family members.
- Focusing on the prevention of surgical site - Upstate University Hospital Community Campus is a participating member of the New York State Department of Health Public Reporting of Specific Hospital Associated Infections.
- Hand washing monitoring and monitoring of proper coughing and sneezing techniques.
- The control of MRSA (see below)
- Campaign on the Five Things You Can Do to Prevent Infection is discussed with all patients admitted to Upstate University Hospital Community Campus. (see below)
Experienced, highly qualified staff
The Infection Control Department is made up of a Board Certified Infectious Disease Physician, a Board Certified Control Director, an Infection Control Nurse, and an Infection Control Secretarial Assistant.
Community-Associated MRSA Information for the Public
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received inquiries about infections with antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant S. aureus [MRSA] among persons who have no apparent contact with the healthcare system.
5 Things You Can Do
Avoiding contagious diseases like the common cold, strep throat, and the flu is important to everyone. Here are five easy things you can do to fight the spread of infection:
- Clean your hands.
Use soap and warm water. Rub your hands really well for at least 15 seconds. Rub your palms, fingernails, in between your fingers, and the backs of your hands. If your hands do not look dirty, clean them with alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Rub the sanitizer all over your hands, especially under your nails and between your fingers, until your hands are dry. Clean your hands before touching or eating food. Clean them after you use the bathroom, take out the trash, change a diaper, visit someone who is ill, or play with a pet.
- Make sure health care providers clean their hands or wear gloves.
Doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care providers come into contact with lots of bacteria and viruses. So before they treat you, ask them if they've cleaned their hands. Health care providers should wear clean gloves when they perform tasks such as taking throat cultures, pulling teeth, taking blood, touching wounds or body fluids, and examining your mouth or private parts. Don't be afraid to ask them if they should wear gloves.
- Cover your mouth and nose.
Many diseases are spread through sneezes and coughs. When you sneeze or cough, the germs can travel three feet or more! Cover your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of infection to others. Use a tissue! Keep tissues handy at home, at work and in your pocket. Be sure to throw away used tissues and clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. If you don't have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow or hands. If you use your hands, clean them right away.
- If you are sick, avoid close contact with others.
If you are sick, stay away from other people or stay home. Don't shake hands or touch others. When you go for medical treatment, call ahead and ask if there's anything you can do to avoid infecting people in the waiting room.
- Get shots to avoid disease and fight the spread of infection.
Make sure that your vaccinations are current-even for adults. Check with your doctor about shots you may need. Vaccinations are available to prevent the following diseases: Chicken pox Mumps Measles Diphtheria Tetanus Hepatitis Shingles Meningitis Flu (influenza) Pneumonia Whooping cough Human papillomavirus (HPV) German Measles