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4/25/2014 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
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Godsey Earns Certified Infection Control Credential

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC®) has announced that Katie Godsey, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Director of Perry County Memorial Hospital has become Board Certified in Infection Prevention and Control.  Godsey has earned the Certified in Infection Control (CIC®) credential and has demonstrated a mastery of infection prevention and control knowledge by taking and passing this comprehensive examination. Certification is maintained through successful completion of a recertification examination every five years.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology states, “hospitals whose infection prevention and control programs are led by a director who is board certified in infection prevention and control have significantly lower rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections (BSI) than those that are not led by a certified professional.” 

The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by providing standardized measurement of current basic knowledge needed for persons practicing infection control; encouraging individual growth and study. This certification promotes professionalism among infection prevention and control professionals; and formally recognizes infection prevention and control professionals who fulfill the requirements for certification. Individuals who earn their CIC® credential join approximately 5,000 practitioners worldwide who are Certified in Infection Control.

“As with all hospitals, controlling infection among patients who are both infected and immune-compromised is of critical importance. Preventing the spread of infection to the community and hospital personnel is, as well, crucial,” commented Patrick Carron, President/CEO of Perry County Memorial Hospital.  “Managing infection prevention requires a broad approach that must be led by a well-educated professional in the field.  In addition, having modern facilities and well-trained personnel who follow very specific infection prevention practices has been proven to minimize the spread of infection,” commented Carron.   

According to Katie Godsey, RN, PCMH Infection Prevention Director, in 2012 PCMH was recognized as a top performer in the care provided to surgical patients.  This included infection prevention measures, such as appropriate use and timing of antibiotics and timely removal of bladder catheters.  Urinary tract infections are the most common type of hospital acquired infection.  PCMH set a protocol in place in 2013 to help prevent this type of infection.  By the end of 2013, the rate of urinary tract infections had been reduced by 40%.  For 2013, PCMH has maintained its performance at 100% compliance with all recommended best practice standards for optimal surgical patient care. 

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) is a voluntary autonomous multidisciplinary board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for professionals in infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology. CBIC is independent and separate from any other infection control – related organization or association. For more information about CBIC, visit www.cbic.org.