Preventing Infection

Infection is a concern at hospitals and in communities nationwide. Infections are becoming more common and more complex, making them difficult to treat in some cases. Some infections are also hard to fight due to the overuse of antibiotics.

However, organisms that cause infections can occur everywhere, not just medical settings.

In fact, 30% to 50% of healthy adults and children carry staph bacteria—which can cause skin infections, food poising and other illnesses—and don't get sick. The bacteria can start growing on us harmlessly when we're only a week old.

Germs stop here

To protect our patients, Enloe Medical Center has implemented several rigorous infection control policies and procedures, guided by an infectious disease expert and supported by specially trained nurses. For instance:

  • One of the best ways to prevent infection is by simply washing your hands. Handwashing is one of the quality initiatives at Enloe Medical Center. In addition to strict standards, the medical center encourages employees and patients alike to ask any caregivers who come in contact with patients if they have washed their hands.
  • We display prominent signage in all rooms reminding caregivers and visitors to wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of infection. These efforts have resulted in good hand hygiene compliance for our staff.
  • Enloe adopted best practices from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s "5 Million Lives Campaign," which aims to reduce medical harm in the U.S.
  • We regularly educate our medical and nursing staffs about identification and treatment of specific infections.
  • We implemented ICNet, surveillance software that helps track patients and their data while they're in our care.
  • Enloe offers alcohol-based waterless hand-washing gel throughout our facilities so it's readily available.
  • We promote healing through the management of diabetic and pre-diabetic blood sugar levels.
  • Members of our medical staff get vaccinated against influenza.

Our efforts are paying off. Nationally, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement cites surgical infection rates of 2.6% of nearly 30 million operations annually. Enloe's rate was 0.35% in 2011.

Even One Infection Is Too Many

While Enloe has a great record on hospital-acquired infection, we believe one infection is too many, and work to prevent them every day.

We constantly review and tighten our infection control policies. And, like all hospitals, we're subject to regular and unannounced reviews and drop-in visits from the Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, and the California State Department of Health Services.

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