The purpose of our Infection Control Program is to control and prevent the spread of infectious diseases at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). This is done by monitoring infections and implementing control measures through the education of patients, visitors and employees. The goal of the Infection Control Program is to maintain the safest possible environment for patients, visitors, and employees.
Infection Control Team
- Steven Pergam, MD, MPH, infection control medical director
- Sara Podczervinski, RN, MPH, CIC, infection control coordinator
- Lois Helbert, RN, clinical risk and quality coordination
- Sarah Lill, PA-C, physician assistant
- Leah Yoke, PA-C, physician assistant
Infection Control Committee
The SCCA Infection Control Committee is comprised of representatives from specialty areas throughout SCCA. The committee meets monthly to evaluate policies, review current infection-control programs, and discuss current infection-control concerns.
Infection Control Activities
SCCA has the first surveillance system for tracking outpatient infections among comprehensive cancer centers. The surveillance system tracks bacterial, viral and fungal infections among outpatients. Trends in infections are plotted and analyzed in real time.
Any unusual clustering of infections in patients or staff is investigated in order to identify potential problems. Recommendations are then made to prevent the spread of infection.
The Infection Control Team is available to provide consultative services to patients and employees regarding infection control and prevention.
The program provides education to patients and employees regarding key infection-control topics, including (in PDF format):
- Hand hygiene
- Respiratory etiquette
- Flu prevention
- Infection prevention during chemotherapy
- Food safety when dining out
Planning for Emerging Threats
The Infection Control Team works in collaboration with Public Health–Seattle & King County to plan for emerging infectious disease threats, including antibiotic-resistant infections and pandemic influenza.