Prevention & Control of Infection

By creating Aspetar’s comprehensive, sustainable system for the prevention and control of infection, the department utilises evidence based best practice to ensure protocols, guidelines and the correct infection control policies are in place, and oversees their implementation within every department and facility at Aspetar. The collation of this information allows PCI to consult with health care providers and assess communicable diseases, offer surveillance for healthcare-associated infections, maintain educational infection control programmes for all hospital employees, and create evidence-based interventions to prevent infections.

Aspetar‘s PCI programme follows the standard definition of Surgical Site Infections (SSI) from the Centre For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All surgical cases are reviewed on a daily basis and SSI rates monitored, which are then reported as the number of infections per total number of surgeries to the Supreme Council of Health on a monthly basis. A daily SSI Surveillance Form and a monthly SSI Prevention Audit are also generated by the PCI.

The SSI Prevention Programme includes pre-operative screening for MRSA, MRSE and S.Aureus, as well as decolonization therapy for all patients undergoing surgical procedures in Aspetar, whilst clinical staff are screened bi-annually.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a transmission prevention programme that includes hand hygiene promotion, isolation (contact) precautions, environmental cleaning and disinfection, staff and patient education, and the monitoring and sustainable evidence-based best practices for Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) prevention.

The viral respiratory infections prevention programme also includes education and reinforcement of respiratory etiquette; programmes to promote, monitor and sustain evidence-based best practices for respiratory virus prevention; and influenza vaccinations for all Aspetar staff and visiting athletes. 

Hand hygiene is a priority focus within Aspetar, as it is the single most important interventional method in preventing healthcare-associated infections. Hand hygiene training is mandatory and is included within the general orientation of each staff member. PCI perform surveillance for hand hygiene compliance using direct observations through our Link Personnel team members, during which observers monitor hand hygiene practices in all of our departments using standardised definitions and data collection procedures. Hand hygiene compliance is monitored upon each entry to and exit from a patient care room or area, and before and after any interventions or contact with the patient or patient environment. Team members from clinical and support staff members are also observed.

PCI also promote educational hand hygiene sessions for athletes in club and federations within Qatar as part of Aspetar’s National Sports Medicine Programme (NSMP).