The department focuses on the biological, immunological, epidemiological, and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial, and protozoan diseases of animals and humans, including the vectors that transmit infectious agents. Infectious disease includes HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Chagas, Malaria, Pneumonia, Enteric diseases, inflammatory bowel, and autoimmune diseases. The department emphasizes basic pathogens mechanisms that may lead to better diagnostic tools, the development of vaccines and other interventions for prevention and control of infection and disease and the identification of new targets for antiviral and antiparasitic drugs.
The mission of the department of hospital infection control is to support the institution’s tripartite mission of research, teaching and patient care; to promote patient safety by reducing the risk of acquiring and transmitting infections, and to be a leader in healthcare epidemiology and infection control.
- The ICU of the hospital has always been where the most vulnerable patients are kept , so they can be closely monitored and treated often with a one to one ratio of nurse to patient, for the most scrupulous of care
- Perform comprehensive surveillance for healthcare-associated infections and epidemiologically significant organisms
- Identify and investigate clusters or outbreaks of infection
- Analyze procedure and device associated infections
- Create evidence-based interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections
- Evaluate methods and technologies to reduce transmission of pathogens within the institution
- Create and maintain appropriate infection control policies
- Develop and maintain educational programs regarding infection control for all hospital employees, physicians, and trainees
- Provide consultation to health care providers in the assessment and management of patients and employees with communicable diseases.
- Provide input for the content and scope of occupational health and safety programs related to infection control and prevention
- Advise senior leadership on issues related to the reduction of infection risks and regulatory requirements
- Administer ongoing programs and initiatives for continuous quality assessment, quality improvement, and infection risk reduction.
- Good infection prevention and control is essential to ensure that patients who undergo any surgical procedure within the operating theatre receive safe and effective care.