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Infection Control

Olympia Monitors Hospital Acquired Infections
MRSA Prevention
Properly Washing Hands

Patient Safety and Infection Control go hand-in-hand. Our goal is to stop germs from spreading and hand hygiene is one of the simplest ways to protect those we care about.  Additionally, it is important to be up-to-date on our vaccinations. 

hands washing with soap and waterMaintaining a safe hospital environment is very important. Universal or Standard Precautions are words which describe work practices used by the Olympia Medical Center Infection Control Team to prevent the spread of infection. Infection control procedures are in place to provide quality care to patients during their hospital stay. These aim to reduce the risk of exposure to infectious disease. At Olympia, preventing Surgical infections is a key area of infection control.

Hand washing is the most important measure to take in preventing the spread of germs that can cause infections. Physicians and other healthcare workers must wash their hands before and after providing care to any patient. Visitors should wash their hands before and after visiting a patient. Patients will be advised on proper hand washing and are encouraged to practice this during their hospital stay.

In addition, medical staff and healthcare workers wear gloves and other protective apparel (gowns, masks, goggles) to help stop the spread of Infections.

Isolation procedures provide protection for you and your healthcare worker where there are known or suspected cases of infection. These extra measures may include a private room with a sign on the door to alert staff and visitors that certain procedures need to be followed prior to entering and leaving the room. The type of isolation and what precautions may be necessary are dependent on each individual patient situation. If isolation precautions are necessary,  your physician and nurses will explain the procedures to you and your family.

Olympia is committed to providing the safest environment and the highest standards of quality care for our patients. All quality data is available on the hospital compare website at: http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/. We are constantly collecting and monitoring data to measure our progress and implementing improvements where needed. We are also dedicated to continuously sharing quality data with the public.

Quality Care
Data is currently available for:
Heart Attack; Heart Failure; Pneumonia and Surgical Care

  • Mortality
  • Hospital-Acquired Condition
  • Patients Safety Indicators
  • Inpatient Quality Care Indicators
  • Blood Stream Infection
  • Patient Satisfaction

Olympia Medical Center's Infection Prevention Specialist is also available for further information.