Infection Control (IC) in a behavioral health environment operates similarly to other areas subject to an accreditation survey. The Joint Commission asks that organizations assess, plan, and evaluate. You are asked to identify your agency's priorities for infection control, create plans to address those priorities and risks, and evaluate the effectiveness of the program that you have developed.
Once your organization has identified your IC priorities by conducting an Infection Control Risk Assessment and identified potential risks, it's time to put your plan in action. What are you going to do to ensure compliance with standards over time? Many times the answer to this question is involves constant supervision of your environment through audits and Infection Control rounds. Your assessment and ongoing experience informs what you audit and the areas you inspect through your IC rounds.
Staff education is especially important when it comes to Infection Control. Leadership has a responsibility to ensure that all staff has the training that is required to meet the priorities that have been identified. We recommend that the medical department leads Infection Control efforts at the agency. Having identified medical staff consistently evaluating what is going on within the organization and in the community as a whole allows your leadership team to constantly stay appraised of everything that can be done to keep your milieu as safe from infection as possible.
Recovery Consultants staff has extensive experience identifying opportunities for improvement as it relates to Infection Control. We work with organizations to conduct an Infection Control Risk Assessment and develop an IC Plan that matches your goals based on the information that we've collected.
If your organization needs assistance in developing an Infection Control Program, or achieving accreditation through The Joint Commission, click the link below to contact us through our web submission form, or call us anytime at (866) 444-7272.