Infection Prevention and Control provides expertise to the OHSU community on preventing and controlling the spread of infections. See policies and procedures
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.
Many cases of Enterovirus D68 have been seen in other states, mainly in the midwest. There is a possibility that we may see cases in Oregon. For information, please look at these CDC links: Enterovirus D68, Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68- Missouri and Illinois, 2014
As we anticipate an increase in patients with respiratory symptoms, we have instated modified visitor restrictions for certain areas of the hospital.
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.
New Isolation Signs!
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.