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Infection Prevention and Control

Infections continue to be a significant healthcare challenge. Patients and healthcare workers alike are at risk for care-related infections. Infection prevention is a critical component of safe, quality health care.

The goals of the NVRH Infection Prevention and Control Program are:


  1. To protect our patients, visitors and customers from healthcare associated infections
  2. To protect our healthcare workers from healthcare associated infections
  3. To accomplish goals 1 and 2 using evidence based best practices

 The NVRH Infection Prevention and Control Program is responsible for establishing and providing policies, procedures and guidelines that meet regulatory, federal, state, and local regulations. These policies, procedures and guidelines are based upon scientifically based knowledge endorsed by The Centers for Disease Control Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (CDC- HICPAC), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), the Joint Commission, and other experts in infection prevention.
The Infection Prevention program conducts infection surveillance, provides education to staff, patients and visitors, provides data to guide our Infection Prevention efforts, reviews new developments in the science of infection prevention, and updates our practices as appropriate.
Contact Information:
Patricia Launer, RN, CPHQ
Infection Preventionist & Quality Services

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
PO Box 905 1315 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
TTY/TTD, Dial 711
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