We are: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 2 million patients admitted to acute-care hospitals in the United States each year acquire infections that were not related to the condition for which they were hospitalized. These infections result in about 100,000 deaths and add between $4.5 billion and $5.7 billion to patient care costs every year. Although the precise causes of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are difficult to identify, experts believe that about one-third could be prevented using current recommendations. The goal of Memorial Sloan Ketterings Infection Control program is to provide the safest healthcare environment for our patients by using existing guidelines to prevent HAIs and to engage in research to further the mission of infection prevention.
As an Infection Control Specialist, you will: Under the direction of the Manager or an expert staff member, review charts for all current patients on isolation and all positive cultures and other laboratory results for infectious diseases to confirm the need for continued isolation precautions, interventions and/or follow-up. Ensure timely compilation of data such as from chart reviews, query of data sources, and infection control and hospital database systems. Using templates and tools developed by the department, monitor staff and environmental compliance to infection control activities such as hand hygiene, construction mitigation efforts, compliance with the use of personal protective equipment and compliance with basic infection control procedures. Report communicable diseases to the NYC Department of Health. Report data and project results to Hospital Infection Committee.
You have: A Bachelors degree in Science or Health field with less than 2 years of related experience in a clinical setting; Masters in Public Health or Industrial Hygiene preferred. In lieu of a bachelors degree, four years of job-related work experience can be accepted. This is an entry level into the infection control field for an individual who has some hospital related experience. Strong oral and written communication skills. Excellent attention to detail. Experience with statistics and data a plus.
Internal Number: 2019-35169
About Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
As one of the world's premier cancer centers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The close collaboration between our physicians and scientists is one of our unique strengths, enabling us to provide patients with the best care available today as we work to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. Our education programs train future physicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience they gain at Memorial Sloan-Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and the biomedical research agenda around the world.