Infection Prevention

At Redmond Regional Medical Center infection prevention is a high priority. We are committed to provide safe, quality care by using best practices to reduce the risk of infection.

Patient Safety Awards (bed size 100-299) from Georgia’s Partnership for Health and Accountability (Georgia Hospital Association)

  • 2007 Improving Healthcare Acquired Infections: Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus:
    • 1st place system award
    • 2nd place Josh Nahum Special Achievement Award for Infection Prevention and Control
  • 2008 Preventing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in the Intensive Care Unit:
    • 1st place
  • 2009 Reducing Patients’ and Employees’ Environmental and Infection Control Risks through Effective Rounding:
    • 3rd place
  • 2010 Improving Healthcare Workers Vaccination Rates for Seasonal Influenza:
    • 1st place
Hand Hygiene

The single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection is to wash hands (hand hygiene). Take an active role in your healthcare by asking if your healthcare providers washed their hands and wash your own hands often. To assist with this, we provide a personal supply of alcohol gel on admission. Also your visitors should wash their hands before and after visiting with you.

Soap and water OR an alcohol gel product is used in our facility. Staff is observed for hand hygiene compliance.

Precautions

It may be necessary to take extra precautions if you have certain bacteria or viruses to reduce the risk of passing them to others. A sign will be placed on the door to your room. In accordance with CDC guidelines that will indicate the following:

  • Contact precautions-healthcare providers (and your visitors if they visit any patient after they visit with you) will wear a gown and gloves while in your room.
  • Droplet precautions-healthcare providers and visitors wear a mask while in your room.
  • Airborne precautions-healthcare providers and visitors wear a special mask called an N 95 mask
Visitors

When visiting our patients, please remember the following:

  • Observe respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette. Please cover a cough or sneeze with tissue. Masks are available for use.
  • If you have an infectious illness including symptoms such as cough, running nose, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, flu-like illness, please delay your visit until you are feeling better.
  • Always wash your hands before and after visiting our patients.
  • If you are visiting a patient who has a “precaution sign” on their door, please follow directions or ask a nurse for information on what you need to do before entering the room.

 

Influenza vaccines

Protecting you from influenza is very important to us. This is why we require our staff to either take the influenza vaccine, or wear a mask while in clinical and common areas.

Patient Education

Preventing Surgical Site Infection
Preventing Blood Stream Infections
Preventing Urinary Tract Infection related to Foley Catheter
Preventing Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO’S)
Preventing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

Additional Resources

Contact Precautions
Spanish Contact Precautions
Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms
MRSA
Spanish MRSA
C Difficile
Spanish C Difficile
Droplet Precautions
Spanish Droplet Precautions
Airborne Precautions
Spanish Airborne Precautions