International Standard for Infection Control

Hospitals are generally seen as a place where the sick and injured are cared for and cured. Often, however, people who are in hospital, either as medical personnel, paramedics, visitors and patients, are at risk of contracting a disease. It is conceivable that patients who expect a cure can be exposed to a variety of diseases. This condition is called nosocomial infections, also known as “Hospital Acquired Infections” (HAI).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) nosocomial infections are infections acquired in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. To be classified as a nosocomial infection, the patient must have been admitted for reasons other than the infection. He or she must also have shown no signs of active or incubating infection. Transmission of infection may occur in patients, health care workers and hospital visitors. For example, in a closed room, one person infected with influenza with a number of people in the room is potentially exposed to influenza virus. If just influenza, then it would be easy to handle but, what happens if it were, bird flu, swine flu or other diseases?

It is a serious concern for RS Premier Bintaro (RSPB). For fourteen years RSPB has applied apply high standards in cross infection control. Consistent application of infection control is maintained to ensure the quality of service standards in Premier Bintaro Hospital. Since 2001, every year there are regular audits performed by HICMR (Health Care Infection Control Resource Management).

Hospitals that are able to control nosocomial infections or “hospital-acquired infections” (HAI) will accelerate the patient recovery process. Maintaining a safe and clean environment in accordance with the required standards requires strong commitment and can be costly. Various efforts have been made among others to keepinga reliable air circulation system, maintaining the cleanliness of rooms used by and equipment used on the patient during hospitalization. Thus the patient, medical personnel, nurses and medical support as well as people who come for treatment to the RSPB can be protected.

The obligation to keep the environment in support of the infection control program is not only applied by medical personnel. The whole department, unit, even every person, including security, cleaning, chefs, and other support personnel are required to apply all policies and procedures for infection control. Hospital Infection Control team can audit and track all of the action steps in case of an infection to a patient in order to establish the possible cause of infection correctly. RS Premier Bintaro has a documentation system (a tracking chart) which can trace in detail the sterile equipment used by the patients. By doing this we know what tools are used, when sterilized, and who is responsible.

RS. Premier Bintaro also conducts an initial screening as a precaution for transmission of any disease before inpatient status. All the medics already know and understood how to deal with infectious patients in accordance with the official guidelines on infection.