Infection Prevention

Aspen Valley Hospital is committed to reducing the risk of hospital acquired infections and has achieved a very low infection rate.
 
WHAT IS ASPEN VALLEY HOSPITAL DOING TO ACHIEVE LOW RATES OF INFECTION?
Multiple regulatory organizations offer recommendations, guidelines, and standards which provide educational and science-based information to healthcare facilities.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • The Joint Commission
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology

Aspen Valley Hospital complies with CDC guidelines for infection prevention, as well as abiding by the recommendations and standards of other regulatory organizations.
 
The Aspen Valley Hospital Infection Preventionist is tasked with active measures to prevent illness in people receiving or giving care.
  • All staff & attending personnel are involved in infection prevention.
  • Patient infection risk factors are observed on a continual basis, through communication with physicians and nurses, as well as lab results and chart reviews.
  • Sterilizers have infection checks with every load to maintain sterility of equipment and instruments.
  • Isolation and masks, gowns and gloves are utilized to keep known infection from circulating outside of a patient’s room, which could potentially expose other patients, staff members or visitors.
  • Employees comply with immunization practices to help ensure optimal health while caring for patients.
  • Visitor policies assist to keep community infections outside of the facility.
  • Constant vigilance helps assure an environment as contamination free as is possible.
  • Drug resistance in the community is monitored through micro-organism and medication use reports.
  • Aspen Valley Hospital infection statistics are sent to various quality organizations for comparison to healthcare facilities within the state of Colorado and throughout the nation.
  • The Aspen Valley Hospital Infection Control Committee reviews all infection prevention statistics and related procedures/policies, implementing change as needed.
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID AN INFECTION WHILE AT ASPEN VALLEY HOSPITAL?
  • Ask your healthcare provider to clean his/her hands before treating you.
  • Before your doctor or nurse uses a stethoscope to listen to your chest, ask that it be wiped with alcohol.
  • If you are planning to have surgery, stop smoking well in advance of having the procedure.
  • Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your hands to your mouth or eyes.
  • Ask your friends and relatives not to visit if they feel ill.
  • Ask visitors to clean their hands and avoid sitting on your bed.
  • Let us know, by phone or post-visit questionnaire, if you saw unsafe practices while at our facility.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up!
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT INFECTIONS EVERYDAY?
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Keep your hands clean by washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered until healed.
  • Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.


Visit the Centers for Disease Control for answers to your specific questions regarding prevention of infection.
 
You may contact the infection preventionist Amy Carter, RN, at Aspen Valley Hospital at 970.544.1286 or acarter@aspenhospital.org.

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Aspen, CO 81611
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