Seattle Cancer Care Alliance brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's, and UW Medicine. One extraordinary group whose sole mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for our patients.
The Infection Preventionist (IP) position oversees surveillance activities and collaborates with other clinical departments to perform environmental assessments for potential infection risks. This position will advise and consult with leaders, providers, staff, and contracted staff on best practice prevention strategies to protect patients, care team members and visitors from contamination or infection.
The IP develops and provides education regarding infection prevention practices such as isolation, hand hygiene and proper use of personal protective equipment. The IP also develops and reviews SCCA policies and procedures to ensure alignment with the rigorous standards established by the Centers for Disease Control, OSHA, CMS, Joint Commission, Department of Health and other applicable regulatory and accreditation agencies. The ideal IP applicant will:
- Be collaborative, hard-working and have experience as an educator.
- Have experience with basic epidemiologic principles and statistical methods to hospital associated pathogens and the skills to develop targeted prevention approaches for high-risk cancer and transplant patients.
- Be comfortable with the review of clinical records, laboratory reports and other epidemiologic data needed for job related activities.
- Fulfill required public reporting commitments to NHSN/CMS, CDC, and the Washington State Hospital Association for infection rates for CLABSI, CAUTI, MRSA and C. difficile.
- Collaborate with center-based Facilities Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety, and Housekeeping to provide ongoing surveillance and assessment of clinic environmental factors such as water supply systems, air quality, room humidity and pressure, and environmental cleaning.
- Collaborate with Occupational Health to support staff exposed to infections at work, and promote efforts to limit spread from clinical/non-clinical staff to patients in the clinic (e.g. vaccination, sick policies)
- Prepare and organize weekly and months infection prevention meetings, and conduct infection prevention rounds in all patient care areas.
- Participate in investigations of infectious outbreaks using standard epidemiologic tools as well as novel computer-based methods (e.g TheraDoc).
- Be comfortable in working with institutional health IT to gather infection-related data and information necessary for public reports and center-based quality improvement efforts.
- Participate in quality/performance improvement activities, and direct programs that target infection prevention (e.g. hand hygiene).
- Insure that the proper disclosure of reportable pathogens, and perform required documentation for interventions, outbreak investigations, and safety concerns.
- Assist in the organization of regularly scheduled infection prevention meetings and dissemination of recommendations.
- Plan, organize, develop and implement education programs for staff, patients and families which convey specialized knowledge and skills to increase staff/patient and family awareness of existence of nosocomial infections; techniques for avoidance and preventive measures to provide a safe environment for staff and patients.
Maintain familiarity with national standards and compliance requirements of regulating and accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission, WA State Department of Health, CDC, OSHA, and FDA.