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Statewide Prevention and Reduction of Clostridioides difficile

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.

Ebola Virus Disease

JHH HEIC is closely monitoring the updates on Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn more about viral hemorrhagic fever:

About the Department


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.

Departmental Functions

  • 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).

Anatomical Surgical Hand Scrub

Surgical site infections (SSIs) remain a prevalent threat to patient safety. Proper surgical hand scrub or rub techniques are essential to decreasing the incidence of SSIs. This video provides instructions on the anatomical surgical hand scrub procedure using the brushstroke method.