Infectious Disease & Public Health
Whether you're an Avera patient, family member or employee, you benefit from our infectious disease and public health specialists who help prevent illnesses and promote best practices for a healthy community.
Expertise You Can Count On
Throughout the Avera system, infectious disease and public health experts are available to:
- Help maintain a safe hospital and clinic environment for patients and visitors concerning infectious conditions and possible outbreaks
- Serve as planning experts for possible scenarios involving potential outbreaks and epidemics
- Provide specialty in-person and virtual eConsult visits with patients and referring physicians concerning infectious conditions
- Ensure strict adherence to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines
Count on the specialized care and oversight provided by infectious disease physicians. As doctors of internal medicine with two or three additional years of dedicated infectious disease training, they are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases for the benefit of public health.
Infection control nurses are also on staff at each of Avera's six regional hospitals located throughout the Upper Midwest.
Infectious Disease Education
Avera employees, visitors and community members receive education from Infectious Disease Control and Prevention departments at Avera hospitals about preventing infection and communicable disease through practices, such as:
- Frequent hand-washing
- Wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Influenza vaccinations (mandatory for all Avera employees)
Trust Avera providers to offer the best recommendations for the use of antibiotics with guidance form our antibiotic stewardship programs. Through this program, Avera identifies and implements ongoing strategies to reduce resistance to antibiotics and provide the best outcomes for patients.