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Infection Prevention and Control

 The Infection Prevention Program is partnered with the Mission, Vision and Values of Mercy Medical center incorporating our commitment to promoting and maintaining health and wellness for our patients, employees, visitors and the community served. We contribute by applying the required infection prevention principles and current best practices, in a supportive and caring environment. We are committed to the prevention of health care acquired infections to our patients and the elimination or minimization of occupational hazards for employees, patients and visitors.

The Infection Prevention Program is a hospital wide program that is divided into functional groups of routine activities that address the integrated facets of surveillance, observation, monitoring, and evaluation; epidemiological investigation and evaluation; consultation; and education.

Standard and Transmission Based Precautions are followed throughout our health care facility. Hand Hygiene practice is the number one way to prevent the spread of infections from healthcare workers hands. In order to further prevent this spread we have provided hand sanitizers on the food delivery trays for patients, as well as placing hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the facility is easily accessible locations. We encourage all visitors and patients to participate in this patient safety practice of performing hand hygiene before and after visiting.

In accordance with the Joint Commission’s commitment to infection prevention and control we foster compliance with their National Patient Safety Goals where they relate to infection prevention.

Please feel free to contact the Infection Prevention Department at (516) 705-2051.