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Office for Infection Control

Our division ensures that all patients, parents, and staff at the NCCHD can enjoy an environment safe from infectious diseases.

Who we are

Our team consists of an infectious diseases specialist physician and two nurses who are certified in infection control practices. Our office leads a hospital-wide multidisciplinary infection control team and is a core member of the Infection Control Committee.

Our philosophy

All patients are entitled to protection from hospital-acquired infections. We educate and work with NCCHD staff to achieve this goal. We also educate patients and families to protect themselves from infection.

Hand hygiene is the single most important aspect of infection control and emphasis is placed on its practical execution. Rates of hand washing are monitored and alcohol hand gels are available on all patient wards. This process of implementation, surveillance, and feedback is the cornerstone of our efforts to improve hygiene standards and adjust to the ever-changing nature of a hospital environment.

Areas of expertise

Infection control in children, antimicrobial stewardship program, infection surveillance

What we watch out for

Seasonal viral infections (influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rotavirus, etc.), measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, occupational health (needle-stick injury, vaccines), environmental control (water and food), prevention of healthcare-associated infection (catheter-related bloodstream infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, surgical site infection, catheter-associated urinary tract infection), and emerging infectious diseases
(avian influenza, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [MERS], etc.).

Areas of innovation

We use molecular diagnostics for the early detection of pathogens and simultaneously integrate and utilize electronic medical records to improve surveillance of infectious diseases.


All of our staff are encouraged to continue their education to ensure high standards and modern practice within the department. We also advise patients with chronic illnesses on how best to protect themselves from infection.

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