Infection Control

Infection Control can be defined as a means of minimizing the chances of illness which can be acquired. These infections can be acquired through the urinary tract, a post operative incision, the respiratory tract, a food borne or blood borne pathogen. Unfortunately, the danger of transmitting these illnesses to patients and employees is always present. However, an effective Infection Control program maximizes the safety for all patients, employees and visitors.

There are two reasons hospitals have infections: 1) sick people who are being treated for infections reside in hospitals and 2) some procedures that save and enhance lives may also increase the risk of infection. Hand washing is the most important precaution to minimize the spread of infection. Mobridge Regional Hospital is proud that it has a low incidence of acquired infections. For more information contact June Volk, RN at (605) 845-8139.

Seasonal Flu vs. Pandemic Flu

Seasonal Flu:

Goes around every year, usually in the fall and winter and is similar to previous flu viruses

Generally does not affect people who have been exposed to the same or a similar virus in previous years

Vaccines are available to prevent it

Ends in complete recovery for most people (severe or fatal in elderly)

Effective antiviral drugs are usually available

Does not have a severe impact on economy or society

Pandemic Flu:

Is caused by a completely new virus and happens infrequently

Affects an unlimited number of people, as no one has immunity to a new virus

Vaccines may be limited or unavailable to prevent it

Can cause life-threatening complications in anyone, young or old

Effective drugs may be in limited supply

Has potential for devastating impact on economy, society and lives of individuals

For more Information on Pandemic Influenza log on to http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

If you have questions regarding infection control please contact June Volk, RN at (605) 845-8139.