Infection control works to identify, prevent and control infections. We work to evaluate all infections, regardless of where or how the infection began; to ensure patient, client and resident safety; and to enhance the well-being and safety of our visitors, physicians, volunteers and employees.
Working to prevent and control infections
All persons who enter a facility where sick persons are cared for are at risk for development of infections. Avera works every day to collect and analyze infection-related data for all types of infections that occur within health care facilities. These infections may be present before, during or after a patient visit. Once infections are identified and studied, the information is used to help us make patient care decisions that will help to prevent future infections.
Infection Control works closely with medical staffs and the Department of Public Health to identify all situations that might contribute to development of infection in patients, clients, residents, visitors and staff.
We also utilize premier infection control computer software to enter, collate and analyze the occurrence of infections in healthcare setting. This specialized software allows us to track and trend infections over multiple years.
Infection Control employs certified and specifically-trained registered nurses who understand how infections occur, in what populations, how to analyze them, and how to track trends.