The Banner Casa Grande Medical Center infection control program is a system wide program. The program includes patients of all ages, inpatient as well as outpatient, employees, physicians, volunteers and visitors.
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center has chosen a priority approach to surveillance. Surveillance focuses on high volume, high-risk procedures, with an opportunity to intervene. The facility participates in the Maryland Hospital Study. The Infection Control Nurse works closely with several agencies and is regulated by agencies, such as Pinal County Department of Health, Arizona Department of Health, Center for Disease Control and OSHA. The Infection Control Nurse works to assist Banner Casa Grande Medical Center in providing quality health care to the community. For more information call (520) 381-6722.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others is to clean our hands. Infectious diseases, many of which are spread by unclean hands, remain the leading cause of death and disease worldwide.
Banner Casa Grande expects staff and volunteers to wash their hands before and after patient encounters. We have installed numerous ABHR (alcohol-based hand sanitizer) dispensers in corridors, rest rooms and patient rooms to support the hand hygiene program. Visitors to the facility are encouraged to practice handwashing or use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the hospital.
A major focus of infection control during the winter is RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. During the winter months, there is a huge increase in the virus. In warm parts of Arizona, our winter is considered approximately from November 15th to April 1st.
RSV appears much like the common cold. RSV is so common in the winter that people can carry it (usually on their hands) even if they are not ill. People who are ill with RSV can spread it by hand contact, coughing, and sneezing. This virus is especially dangerous for babies, toddlers, and the elderly. For these high-risk groups, it can cause pneumonia and at times death.
At Banner Casa Grande, we request that children 14 and under or ill adults not visit during RSV season. Children who play with other children or attend school almost all carry the virus. We try to protect our patients from becoming infected during their hospital visit, especially our highest risk population of babies, children and geriatric patients. We also ask our staff not to come to work if they are ill. At this time of a national shortage of flu vaccine, the visiting restrictions in place for RSV will also help prevent an influenza (flu) outbreak in the hospital.