Infection Prevention and Control Program

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Do the NCCHC Standards have a specific standard that addresses policies on lice treatment for pregnant women?

Standard B-01 Infection Prevention and Control Program requires that effective ectoparasite control procedures are used to treat infected inmates and to disinfect bedding and clothing. It also requires that prescribed treatment given to infected inmates considers all conditions such as pregnancy, open sores or rashes, and that treatment is ordered only by clinicians.
— From CorrectCare Volume 30, Issue 1, Winter 2016

 
 

What are NCCHC’s expectations for documentation of environmental/infection control to be reviewed during accreditation surveys? Are external inspections required? Do OSHA and CDC guidelines need to be followed for accreditation?

Let’s take your issues one at a time.

  1. Documentation of environmental and infection control practices can include inspection reports, meeting minutes, quality improvement studies, policies and procedures specifying such practices, logs or other evidence of appropriate sterilization of instruments and equipment, sharps disposal containers, evidence that biohazardous materials are handled and disposed of appropriately, etc.
  2. Inspections by outside agencies are useful, but they are not required for accreditation.
  3. Similarly, while NCCHC recommends that agencies follow OSHA and CDC guidelines, the commission’s surveyors are not inspectors for those government agencies.

— From CorrectCare Volume 15, Issue 3, Summer 2001

 
 

How do we prove that our isolation rooms are working? Do we actually need isolation rooms on-site to be in compliance?

There should be some evidence that the isolation rooms are checked periodically to ensure that negative air pressure is maintained and that the contaminated air is not circulated throughout the system. Often, equipment manufacturers provide guidelines on what should be checked and at what frequency. You do not need to have an isolation room if you never keep inmates with contagious conditions in your facility. In this case, however, your policies and procedures or infection control plan should specify where such individuals are transferred and what precautions are to be taken until the transfer can be effected.
— From CorrectCare Volume 15, Issue 3, Summer 2001