Clinical Epidemiology conducts and reports surveillance on healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) including Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLA-BSIs), Ventilator Associated Pneumonias (VAPs), Surgical Site Infections (SSIs), Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs), MRSA, VRE, C. difficile, influenza and other organisms of epidemiologic importance. Our team monitors process data on hand hygiene and contact isolation compliance throughout the OSUWMC. This data is available to those with access to the Nursing/OneSource Scorecards on a monthly basis and is reported to Leadership as well.
Epidemiology provides education and guidance for staff on proper adherence to Infection Control Policies. The Department's members serve as content experts and are available to answer questions relating to infection control issues 24/7 for any clinicians, visitors or patients.