Hospital-acquired infections can happen while you receive care for a condition in the hospital. These infections can make you feel sick all over again and put your recovery on hold.
The Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Infection Prevention Program gives you an added layer of protection. We perform regular monitoring and lead care improvement activities that lower your risk of hospital-acquired infections. These efforts help keep more people’s recoveries on track.
Infectious disease physicians lead our infection prevention efforts. Many have completed additional training through our own Infectious Disease Fellowship program. This training allows us to deliver effective infection prevention practices that help patients and AHN staff steer clear of hospital-acquired infections.
At AHN, infection prevention is a network-wide effort. Physicians, nurses, and specialists in all of our hospitals work toward lowering infection risks. Our prevention efforts are a guiding force in every patient interaction. For example, we have hand-washing policies that lower the risk of diseases that spread from person to person (communicable diseases).
Infectious disease specialists along with pharmacists, nurses, and other physicians meet on a regular basis through our Infection Prevention Committee. At these meetings, we discuss our progress with key infection prevention practices. We also explore ways to improve our efforts.
Key infection prevention activities at AHN include:
Our infection prevention program focuses on lowering rates for hospital-acquired infections.
Common infections include: