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).
The Maryland Statewide Prevention and Reduction of Clostridioides difficile Collaborative (SPARC) is targeting C. difficile infections (CDI) in acute care facilities in Maryland.Using expertise and resources available through the Maryland Prevention EpiCenters (University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University) and the Maryland Department of Health, SPARC has been created to help hospitals implement customized interventions to enhance CDI prevention efforts. To learn more, click on the SPARC logo below.
JHH HEIC is closely monitoring measles activity in Maryland, other states and abroad. For more information, please see below.
- PROVIDERS: If a patient calls your office with concerns for measles exposure, contact your local health department. For more information, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical information about measles for health care professionals. For Hopkins health care providers, refer to the HEIC intranet for more information and resources.
- PATIENTS: If you have concerns or questions about measles, call your primary care provider. For more information, refer to the CDC's frequently asked questions about measles.
JHH HEIC is closely monitoring the updates on Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn more about viral hemorrhagic fever:
The Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control participates with our partners to plan for emergency events including bioterrorism and pandemics. The following websites have useful information regarding emergency preparedness.
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
- Baltimore City Health Department Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
- Biological and Terrorism Weapons Convention Website
- Bioterrorism & Biological Warfare Links, Hardin Medical Directory, University of Iowa
- World Health Organization, Preparedness for Deliberate Epidemics
Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
24/7 Emergency Pager: 410-283-3855