Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control

Infection prevention and control is of the utmost importance in Marymount University Hospital & Hospice. Patient/resident care is at the centre of everything we do and we strive to minimise patient/resident exposure to infection.

Visitors play a part in helping us keep our infection rates under control. When visiting our hospital please keep the following points in mind:

  • Use alcohol hand foam on arrival at the hospital
  • Wash your hands or use the alcohol hand foam after spending time in a public area of the hospital
  • Please do not visit, until 48 hours after symptoms have resolved, if you are unwell, have flu or stomach bug

Residents/patients and visitors are encouraged to report any problems or concerns relating to infection prevention and control to a staff member.

 

Infection Prevention and Control Nurse

Some of the key functions of the Infection Prevention and Control Nurse (IPCN) include:

  • Liaising with all departments and personnel within the hospital, providing advice on all aspects on infection prevention and control
  • Educating staff regarding potential risks of infection
  • Providing, monitoring and reviewing policies and guidelines for the prevention and control of infection
  • Communicating and providing information to staff on infection control
  • Educating patients/ residents and their relatives regarding infection control precautions and the importance of hand hygiene
  • Auditing infection control practices throughout the hospital

The IPCN advises on infection prevention and control but it is the responsibility of everyone – staff, residents/ patients and visitors to ensure that infection prevention and control practices are followed very carefully.