The Mission of the Department of Healthcare Epidemiology is to establish and maintain a proactive program of surveillance, prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and occupational exposures to infectious diseases.
We utilize policy/procedure, education, communication and epidemiological techniques to promote good outcomes.
Respirator Fit-Test Reminder: Anyone who wears a respirator (N-95-PAPR) must be medically evaluated through Employee Health annually. After medical approval, contact Environmental Health and Safety to schedule respirator training and fit-testing. The medical evaluation and fit-test must be repeated annually. Contact Environmental Health & Safety at 772-1781 for further information.
Tuberculosis Patients & Isolation Rooms: Tuberculosis patients must be admitted into airborne infection isolation (negative-pressure) rooms. We have a limited number of negative-pressure rooms, some are which are in specialty areas. Units that contain AIIRs include 10B (PICU), 9B, 7C, 8C, BICU and L&D. Because these rooms are also used for patients not in airborne isolation, BOF supervisors responsible for the ventilation system need to be notified when the rooms are used for airborne isolation. Therefore, units are requested to call the Service Desk 2-4040 when an airborne isolation patient is moved to one of those rooms. Healthcare Epidemiology will do a tissue test daily (Monday-Friday) when the room is in use. Click here for more information.
Masking Requirements for Unvaccinated Health Care Workers: Masking requirements for the 2015 Flu Season begin Nov. 9
Policies & Procedures
Healthcare Epidemiology Policies & Procedures are extensive and address topics such as:
- Hand Hygiene
- Respiratory Hygiene
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Needlestick and Sharps Injury Prevention
- Cleaning and Disinfection
- Waste Disposal
Ebola Virus DiseaseGo to Healthcare Epidemiology Policies - Scroll to Policy 4.01 – Infection Control for the Care of Patients with Diagnosed or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
For general information ane more, please visit UTMB's Ebola Response Website
Staff should screen all patients for Ebola at all access points according to Epic protocol, which will launch when a patient chart is opened. If you are not on Epic, screen according to the same guidelines. If the patient indicates they could have Ebola:
Isolate the patient
- Place patient in private room and initiate Standard, Contact and Droplet precautions.
- Please refer to the policy for details for your patient care setting.
- Immediately page Healthcare Epidemiology at 409.643.3133. The Infection Preventionist on call will notify the Healthcare Epidemiologist, the Galveston County Health Department, and the Administrator on Call.
- The Department phone number is 409.772.3192.
Additional information can be found at www.utmb.edu/ebola-response
History of Epidemiology
John Snow (15 March 1813 - 16 June 1858) was an English physician and a leader in the adoption of anesthesia and medical hygiene. He is considered to be one of the fathers of modern epidemiology, because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, England, in 1854. Continue reading...