The mission of the Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at the Johns Hopkins Hospital is to support the institution's tripartite mission of research, teaching, and patient care; to promote patient safety by reducing the risk of acquiring and transmitting infections; and to be a leader in healthcare epidemiology and infection control.
- Perform comprehensive surveillance for healthcare-associated infections and epidemiologically significant organisms
- Identify and investigate clusters or outbreaks of infection
- Analyze procedure and device-associated infections
- Create evidence-based interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections
- Evaluate methods and technologies to reduce transmission of pathogens within the institution
- Create and maintain appropriate infection control policies
- Develop and maintain educational programs regarding infection control for all hospital employees, physicians, and trainees
- Provide consultation to health care providers in the assessment and management of patients and employees with communicable diseases
- Provide input for the content and scope of occupational health and safety programs related to infection control and prevention
- Advise senior leadership on issues related to reduction of infection risks and regulatory requirements
- Administer ongoing programs and initiatives for continuous quality assessment, quality improvement, and infection risk reduction (e.g. hand hygiene promotion and monitoring).