Healthcare Epi/Stewardship

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Infectious Diseases Division supports all Infection Control activities at Nebraska Medicine.  We are pleased to have an internationally recognized department of Infection Control & Epidemiology (IC&E) at Nebraska Medicine that is directed by 5 ID faculty members and supported by a dedicated staff of 5 Infection Preventionists, an IP manager, data analyst, and staff assistant. The department seeks to minimize the risks of infectious diseases in patients, workers, students, and visitors using innovative methods and broadly shares methods and knowledge with others.  The Infection Control and Epidemiology Department works across multiple campuses of the University of Nebraska in both Omaha and Lincoln and works collaboratively with multiple entities including Environment Services, Employee Health, Patient Safety, Facilities, Pharmacy, and Microbiology, as well as local, state, and federal public health agencies.  In addition to the infection prevention mission at the University of Nebraska campuses, ID Division faculty support a wide variety of community facilities throughout the state including critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis centers, etc through the activities of the Nebraska ICAP program (link).  Current research activities are diverse and include projects to better understand and prevent Clostridioides difficile infections, Device-Associated Infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia, as well as projects directed toward disinfection of personal protective equipment, safe care of COVID19 patients, and improved healthcare associated infection surveillance definitions and methods.