Safety FRom Infection

Infection is a concern at hospitals and in communities nationwide

  • Nationwide, infections acquired in hospitals and the community alike are increasing and becoming more difficult to treat due to the overuse of antibiotics.
  • Organisms that cause infections occur everywhere, not only hospitals.
  • About 30 percent to 50 percent of healthy adults and children carry staph bacteria at various times without getting sick. Most of us begin to have staph bacteria growing harmlessly on our bodies before we are one week old.

Enloe's infection Prevention programs

Enloe has implemented rigorous infection control policies and procedures. These practices are guided by an infectious disease expert and supported by a team of specially trained nurses.

  • Adoption of the best practices of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI's) "5 Million Lives Campaign” in several areas of hospital procedures.
  • Education of medical and nursing staffs regarding identification and treatment of specific types of infection.
  • Participation in an infection-control project called California Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Initiative (CHAIPI) Phase II, one of only 14 hospitals in the state
  • Implementation of ICNet for surveillance and data mining
  • Conduct routine daily practices when working with patients and instruments
  • Provide conveniently located alcohol-based waterless hand-washing gel throughout our facilities
  • Promote healing through the management of diabetic and pre-diabetic blood sugar levels
  • Regularly vaccinate employees and doctors against influenza

Enloe Medical Center has been recognized for high-quality patient care for controlling hospital-acquired infections.

Nationally, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement cites surgical infection rates nationwide of 2.6 percent of nearly 30 million operations annually. Enloe’s rate of 0.35 percent in 2011 compares favorably to this national data.

At Enloe, we believe one infection is one too many.

While we have a good record overall on hospital-acquired infection, we continue to be vigilant in fighting infection. We constantly review and tighten our infection control policies and practices. And, like all hospitals, we are subject to regular and unannounced reviews by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the California State Department of Health Services. At Enloe we will continue to strive for zero hospital-acquired infections at our hospital.