Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Infection Control Committee

The staff at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center knows that being in the hospital puts patients at risk for acquiring an infection.

Our Infection Control Committee takes its responsibilities seriously. We are committed to reducing this risk through the following practices:

·    Having a vigorous hand hygiene policy
·    Looking at and evaluating all Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) and making recommendations for surveillance
·    Overseeing the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) surveillance plan
·    Providing feedback to physicians and staff on infections experienced at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center
·    Monitoring our Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) rates
·    Monitoring our Central Line (IV line) Infection (CLI) rates
·    Monitoring for infection outbreaks and reporting to the Minnesota Department of Health

When you are ill or have an injury you are at greater risk for infection. One of the best things you can do to protect yourself and others is to carefully and frequently wash your hands.

It is also very important for your caregivers and visitors to wash their hands. We want you to be a partner in your care.

SpeakUP™ and ask your healthcare team, caregivers, and visitors if they washed their hands before they touch you. Ask the question anytime someone is about to touch you. Hand hygiene should ALWAYS be the first and last step in your care.

Many procedures can be done safely without using gloves, but hand hygiene must ALWAYS be a part of any care.