Establishing an Effective Infection Prevention and Control Program: The Starting Point

There are many components of an effective infection prevention and control program. The IPC risk assessment is the starting point for creating an IPC program. A risk assessment is used to identify important infection control issues in your organization and determine goals to include in your infection prevention and control plan. Per The Joint Commission, an annual infection prevention and control (IPC) risk assessment is required to define programmatic goals and objectives and to provide a framework for identifying gaps in services, safety or data as well as tracking progress in meeting specific goals. Today, we are joined by Janet Chance, Director of Infection Prevention, Accreditation, Quality at Cullman Regional Medical Center, and Meredith Lutz, Chief Quality Officer, Medical West Hospital Authority, to discuss risk assessment and planning for infection prevention and control specialists.

Decreasing Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) in Healthcare Facilities

Janet Chance, Director, Quality, Infection Prevention, and Accreditation, Cullman Regional Medical Center, shares insights behind CRMC’s development of a series of protocols to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in their patient population. She outlines elements of a process that included targeted surveillance, multidisciplinary process mapping, whole-organization buy-in, and patient education, ultimately leading to vastly improve outcomes in terms of a greatly reduced incidence of SSIs. Give the podcast a full listen and take advantage of CRMC’s resources below.

COVID-19 and Children


Dr. David Kimberlin, Professor and Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, joins the podcast, Standard Precautions and Beyond, to discuss COVID-19 in pediatric patients, how to keep children safe from the Delta variant and to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children.

Thank you to our co-sponsor for this podcast, the Alabama Public Health Training Network at the Alabama Department of Public Health, a community-based training partner of the Region IV Public Health Training Center.