Infection Prevention

The Infection Prevention Program strives to further develop partnerships to provide an enhanced understanding of the infection prevention capacity in health care facilities in Clark County. The program achieves this by:

  • Assessing health care partner capacity to respond to communicable disease emergencies and emerging pathogens.
  • Conducting site Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) assessments to inform infection prevention capacity building needs.
  • Developing educational materials and toolkits that can be adapted for use.
  • Investigate facility outbreaks and recommend control measures to mitigate further spread.
  • Educating health care partners through outreach on emerging highly resistant pathogens most commonly transmitted in medical settings, prevention, and outbreak preparedness.
  • Partnering with community health care delivery partners.

Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR)

Infection Prevention

The Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) program offers health care facilities the opportunity to participate in a consultative review of infection prevention practices. Schedule an ICAR Visit. 

ICAR assessments

  • Designed to assess infection prevention strengths and opportunities on a variety of infection control topics
  • Offered at no cost
  • Conducted by infection preventionists from Clark County Public Health
  • Utilizing tools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Performed in a variety of health care settings (e.g., hospitalslong-term careoutpatientdialysisdental)
  • Focused on education and offer the most up-to-date infection prevention resources to participating health care facilities.
The ICAR visits include:
  • Hand hygiene
  • Isolation procedures
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Employee safety
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Injection safety
  • High-level disinfection and sterilization practices
  • Surveillance activities
  • Take approximately three hours

To view a sampling of the great resources provided during ICAR assessments, check out the all-in-one Infection Prevention Resources for Healthcare Facilities

Facilities will gain:
  • An in-person assessment that is consultative and non-regulatory
  • Tailored resources, tools, and training
  • Ongoing consultation with an infection preventionist from Clark County Public Health
  • A sustainable partnership for ongoing improvement

 

Questions?

Clark County Infection Prevention Program
IP.Program@clark.wa.gov
564.397.8186