Responsible for the surveillance analysis interpretation and reporting of hospital acquired infections (HAI); educating employees about infection prevention; and the development of health system policies and procedures to ensure rigorous infection control standards which meet DNV OSHA Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other recommendations and requirements of nationally organized agencies
Interacts with physicians; nurses; department managers; supervisors; Staff Health; and other professional/non-professional staff members to provide resource information; resolve infection control problems; and identify new opportunities to improve service and reduce costs
Ensures compliance with DNV; OSHA; CDC; CMS and other state; and federal regulatory agencies
Applies epidemiologic principles and statistical methods; including risk stratification; to identify target populations; analyze trends and risk factors; and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies.
Conducts ongoing surveillance using Center of Disease Control (CDC) infection definition and criteria; documentation; and investigation of HAIs through review of admission diagnoses; microbiology culture results; isolation orders; patient records; consultation requests; post-discharge surveillance; and autopsy findings
Compiles and interprets surveillance reports to Infection Control Committee and other stakeholder areas on a scheduled basis and as needed. Assists in preparing reports and statistical data for stakeholders.
Report epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate customers; including communicable disease to the state health departments as required by New Hampshire law
Mitigates the risk of infectious transmission by implementing preventive measures to provide a safe environment for hospital employees and patients
Participates in investigations of unusual hospital infection clusters or outbreaks utilizing the microbiology laboratory; consultation with the medical director of the department; county/state public health departments; and when necessary; in consultation with the Center for Disease Control
Collects data in support of epidemiological and evidence-based studies and best practices of specific problems or problem areas and implement appropriate epidemiological intervention.In partnership with the Education Department; the Preventionist will plan; organize; develop and implement infection prevention educational programs for all hospital employees; including administrative and ancillary services
Participate in quality/performance improvement activities by assessing; monitoring; and measuring HAI infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous basis
5+ years Infection prevention experience in acute health care
RN License - NH or other Compact State, or
Medical Technologist or Microbiologist certified by one of the following: Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS); American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP); Dept of Health Services (HHS) formally (HEW); or American Medical Technologist (AMT)
Certification in Infection Control (CIC) or within one year
Additional Salary Information: salary based on experience
Internal Number: 4978
About Exeter Hospital
Exeter Hospital is a 100-bed community hospital serving New
Hampshire’s Seacoast Region, Exeter Hospital’s scope of care includes comprehensive services in breast health, birthing and reproductive medicine, cardiovascular, occupational and employee health,oncology, orthopaedics and emergency care.
Exeter Hospital was designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), placing Exeter among the top 7% of hospitals nationwide. The Magnet program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care,
nursing excellence and innovations in professional