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Navigating the Unsung Hero: Infection Prevention Departments in Hospitals

St. Luke’s Health System in TWIN FALLS, Idaho, exhibits an increasing trend prevalent in numerous hospitals and health-care related fields, that is, the growth of the infection prevention department. Often overlooked, the importance of such departments is unparalleled and their objectives immensely crucial for maintaining the health and safety of all hospital patients. Their main responsibility is to prevent the onset of infections which can occur due to various medical procedures such as surgeries, catheter insertions or establishing central lines, which inherently increase the patients’ risks of impending infections.

The specialized teams adhere to prudential measures, through extensive training and continuous monitoring, to ensure that the health of patients is not compromised throughout their hospital tenure; their aim is to ascertain that patients should not leave the facility in a worse-off condition than when they arrived. Sheri Tolley, an infection preventionist at St. Luke’s Health System, shares an insider’s view stating, “We are one of the departments that we work with pretty much everybody in the hospital, if there is new equipment we have to look at it to make sure we can have the ability in our health care facility to clean it, maintain it, we go everywhere and look at pretty much everything, anything that is going to happen.”

The cornerstone of successful infection prevention lies within every individual. Taking proactive measures such as maintaining optimum health, being up-to-date with vaccines, and regular check-ups with the family physician collectively contribute to overall infection prevention.


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