Infection Prevention

At Harrison, we take quality and patient safety seriously–it’s our #1 priority. Our approach to reducing the risk of acquiring and transmitting all types of infection is based on the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines, state and federal public health regulations, The Joint Commission requirements, and a variety of local and national patient safety initiatives.

Our infection prevention team regularly checks for things like ensuring healthcare workers clean their hands before and after they care for you, wear gloves, masks, and gowns when additional precautions are required, and ensure your room and any equipment used is clean.

Below are the types of infections that we monitor and publicly report, as well as the steps we take daily to improve our quality of care and increase patient safety. We ask that if you’re a patient, please direct further questions to your physician and/or surgeon.

Reducing the risks for device related infections
Steps to keep ventilated patients free of pneumonia
Reducing procedure specific surgical site infections

Ensuring safety through infection prevention is a reflection of Harrison’s core values of empathy, innovation, and accountability. Patients and their guests are important partners in preventing infections. Harrison encourages patients to speak up for their care and ask everyone around them—including healthcare staff—to clean their hands.

We join with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology during International Infection Prevention Week in its efforts to share ways that you can help us to reduce the risk of infection while you are in our hospitals.

Ways to partner with us include:

  • speaking up for your care
  • cleaning your hands and ensuring everyone around you does, too
  • sneezing and coughing into your elbow, not your hand
  • asking to have your room cleaned if it looks dirty
  • asking if you need a catheter each day
  • taking medications as directed
  • asking if you should shower with a germ-killing soap ahead of time if you are having surgery