Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Infection Control Surveillance Specialist in New York, New York

Infection Control Surveillance Specialist

Job Posting Number: 14664

Research – Other

New York,NY

July 13, 2017

Company Overview:

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.

For the 27th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2016, as well as Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards 2017. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

Job Details:

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 Kettering’s 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 a Surveillance Specialist, you will:

  • Provide support required to monitor and maintain Hospital Infection Control Program.

  • Oversee, facilitate, and participate actively in the collection of data through chart review, and other institutional data sources. Review charts as needed for data required for the DOH, Joint Commission or other regulatory and administrative reasons. Conduct post exposure follow up for communicable diseases such as influenza, pertussis and tuberculosis. Identify exposures to staff and work with Employee Health to assure post exposure prophylaxis is provided.

  • Collect and analyze data from various sources within the hospital on Surgical Site Infections, Central venous catheter infections, and other State mandated initiatives or as needed for department operations.

  • Conducts rounds on assigned nursing inpatient units and ambulatory sites to observe practices of appropriate precautionary procedures. Ensure compliance with infection control practices. Research clusters of infectious diseases that have spread to try to identify the source of the infection and contribute to reduction of its spread.

  • Ensure timely compilation of data from chart reviews, query of data sources, and infection control and hospital database systems.

  • Report communicable diseases to NYC Department of Health. Report data and project results to Hospital Infection Committee.

  • Educate staff, patients and visitors regarding infection control education based on needs identified through inservice, didactic lectures and one-on- one education.

  • Monitor staff compliance to infection control activities such as hand hygiene, compliance with the use of personal protective equipment and compliance with basic infection control procedures.

  • Conduct research and literature review on assigned studies.

You have :

  • A minimum of a Bachelors degree in Science or Health field plus 2-4 years of related experience in a clinical setting; Masters in Public Health or Industrial Hygiene preferred.

  • Certified Infection Control credentials preferred.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Experience with statistics and data.

MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.

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