Department: Infection Prevention
Heidi Coluzza, RN
Office Hours: 8a.m. - 4 p.m.
Address: 2209 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Targeting Zero is the philosophy of the Infection Prevention Department at the Medical Center and our Infection Preventionists are working closely with Infectious Disease Specialists and hospital leadership toward a goal of zero hospital-acquired infections. Every hospital-acquired infection impacts the life of a patient and family, and we believe even one is too many.
Trained and certified professionals in the Infection Prevention Department have implemented cutting-edge technology such as electronic surveillance systems that streamline the review and collection of infection data, allowing Infection Preventionists to focus on activities that protect our patients.
As a result, infections that impact patient outcomes and cost precious healthcare dollars have been drastically reduced. Many areas have reached the goal of zero infections, including total joint replacement surgery. In 2009, the cardiac surgery team received national recognition for reducing infections after open heart surgery. Ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line intravenous infections and catheter associated urinary tract infections have been dramatically reduced and many of the rates fall below national average.
The Infection Prevention Department works closely with local Health Departments to protect the community from communicable diseases and played a key role in the recent influenza pandemic.
New challenges present themselves constantly in the form of multi-drug resistant organisms and emerging infectious diseases.
The staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Infection Prevention Department
works diligently to meet these challenges and improve the quality and
safety of the care given to our patients.