Department of Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control provides expertise to the OHSU community on preventing and controlling the spread of infections.

Welcome to the Department of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) at OHSU.  The department supports the university's mission of healing, teaching and discovery.  Use the navigation at left to find policies and resources for preventing infections.  Check back often for updates and announcements.

New Isolation Signs!

Contact Plus Precautions

The departments of Infection Prevention & Control and Marketing & Communications have partnered to update and standardize our isolation signage.

Most of the content of the signs has stayed the same (i.e. need for a private room, use of personal protective equipment, etc); however, one notable difference is the change from "Modified Contact Precautions" to "Contact Plus Precautions."  This change was approved by the Infection Prevention & Control Committee to better reflect that this type of isolation is Contact Precautions plus additional measures, such cleaning equipment and surfaces with a product that kills C. difficile spores.

Over the next few weeks, the new signs will be placed in the isolation carts and the old signs will be removed. Extra signs will be delivered to each department, so you will not need to print your own. If you have copies of the old signs, please place them into any isolation cart.

For questions or concerns about the new look of our isolation signage, please call Infection Prevention & Control at 4-6694.

New Isolation Signs

Ebola Recommendations

As many of you know, there is currently an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has stricken many people.  OHSU is taking every precaution to ensure we are prepared to treat any patient with suspected or confirmed Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF).  We have created a response plan and are training staff on proper PPE use.

OHSU employees can follow our Ebola preparation on the O2 Ebola site.

For more information, please see the CDC's recommendations for hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola HF

Enterovirus Recommendations

Pediatric Areas

MERS Recommendations

It is possible that we may see cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Oregon. For information please refer to the CDC here. CDC's recommendations for MERS.