The Infection Prevention Manager reports to the Director of Quality & Patient Safety. He/she is responsible for the oversight of the RML Specialty Hospital Infection Prevention Program in collaboration with the Medical Director of the Infection Prevention Program. The Infection Prevention Manager will develop or maintain the organizational system that identifies, reports, investigates and controls infections and communicable diseases of patients, visitors and personnel. He/she will ensure the continuous monitoring of the effectiveness of the Infection Prevention and Control activities and interventions and will serve as the organizational Infection Prevention Officer. In collaboration with the Director of Ancillary Services, the Infection Prevention Manager will monitor RML Specialty Hospital visitor policies and protocol(s) to ensure the minimization of the spread of infectious diseases within the hospital. He/she is the liaison between all organizational departments and the Department of Quality & Patient Safety with respect to issues of Infection Prevention. The Infection Prevention Manager will have primary responsibility for Infection Prevention related matters in RML – Hinsdale and will maintain oversight over RML – Chicago via the Infection Preventionist.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop, revise, and implement policies and procedures regarding asepsis and Infection Prevention in accordance with up to date standards of practice.
Develop and maintain a system to reduce the spread of infection and communicable disease among patients and staff.
Compile and analyze surveillance data to identify significant epidemiological problems and then develop appropriate measures for prevention and control of these problems. The Infection Prevention Manager will identify and assist with implementation of improved surveillance and reporting processes.
Creating and presenting Infection Prevention reports to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Quality & Patient Safety Committee. The Infection Prevention Manager will coordinate, implement, and evaluate the standards of care for Infection Prevention in advance of these committee meetings to ensure effective identification and investigation of infections and outbreaks of communicable disease(s) among patients and/or hospital staff. He/she will report these instances at the aforementioned committee meetings and/or in other appropriate leadership venues.
Responsible for the development, review and revisions of the Infection Prevention plan and policies for the hospital, approved by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
Monitors patient care activities to identify methods, techniques, equipment, supplies or new products, which may constitute a risk of infection or those that may help reduce nosocomial infection. Attends the Patient Care Value Analysis committee to provide guidance and feedback when appropriate.
Investigate patients, staff and visitors’ exposure to communicable diseases (e.g., chickenpox, tuberculosis, coronavirus, etc.). The Infection Prevention Manager will serve as organizational liaison to the Employee Health Department as it relates to employee Infection Prevention issues.
Investigates epidemiologically significant issues and develops appropriate measures for prevention and control of the problem identified.
Reviews internal and external facility construction and issues an Infection Prevention construction permit (Hinsdale).
Interacts with regulatory agencies on reporting communicable diseases and conditions.
Responsible for ensuring hospital leadership is apprised of appropriate communication from the Department of Public Health(s)
Ensures the organization is maintaining compliance with regulatory Infection Prevention environmental requirements and all other related compliance issues (e.g. hand hygiene).
Reviews and disseminates current Infection Prevention information to appropriate individuals or departments within the facility. The Infection Prevention Manager will be responsible for making him/herself readily available for staff throughout the day and on the weekends (as appropriate).
Develops and delivers in-service education for the prevention and control of infection for all health care workers, patients and families. Participates in orientation of new employees, clinical review, and annual employee training.
Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with clinical laboratory services and the Director of Ancillary Services who oversees clinical laboratory services.
Maintains fiscal responsibility for Infection Prevention related purchases and spending.
Responsible for self-education through current literature review, attending workshops, seminars, and formal courses relevant to Infection Prevention.
OB REQUIREMENTS & CHARACTERISTICS
Skills & Abilities
The interpersonal skills necessary to interact with staff, patients, families, medical staff, and other members of the healthcare team.
Ability to engage in logical, critical thinking to solve problems.
Ability to perform light physical work, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on an occasional basis, performing such activities as figuring, grasping, lifting, reaching, crouching and repetitive tasks.
Ability to walk briskly to all areas of the hospital.
Knowledge & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Biology, or a related health care field.
Minimum of three years’ experience in Infection Prevention in a healthcare care setting.
Demonstrated knowledge of applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations related to Infection Prevention.
Proficient in computer applications (word processing, database and graphics)
Master’s degree in Nursing, Epidemiology, or a related health care field.
License & Certifications
Active license in Illinois (as applicable to degree)
Nationally recognized certification in Infection Prevention (i.e. CIC)
Work is performed in an office setting and in various patient care environments.
Sits at a desk for a portion of the day. Performs walk rounds for a portion of the day.
Services rendered to adult patients.
Internal Number: 4422
About RML Specialty Hospital
RML is a nonprofit specialty hospital with locations in Chicago and Hinsdale serving patients with catastrophic or acute illnesses complicated by multiple medical issues.
Our advanced medical expertise features:
A multidisciplinary team approach
24-hour on-site physician coverage
A culture of caring focused on the Patient & Family Experience
Founded in 1987, RML is the largest ventilator weaning hospital in the United States. RML is a recognized leader in best practices for wound care and medically complex patient rehabilitation and is the LTACH of choice in Chicago and among leading hospitals across the nation.
RML is dedicated to individualized patient care and committed to advanced research.