Infection Control Officer

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

United States

August 17, 2021

Description

Infection Control Officer

The position of Infection Control Officer (ICO) is a faculty position at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Health Professions (SHP) Department of Emergency Health Sciences. The ICO is responsible for providing these services to the San Antonio Fire Department, designated agencies under the South Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), or other agencies as designated by the Department of EHS.

Required Qualifications

Education: 1) The Infection Control Officer will have a Bachelors Degree in nursing or

healthcare related field. A Masters degree in a clinical specialty is preferred.

Equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may substitute

for education requirements.

2) Must have a current Texas RN license.

3) An ICO or related certification required.

4) The ICO must obtain certification at the EMT level within 12 months of hire.

Experience: 1) One year of experience in infection prevention preferred.

2) A minimum of 1-year clinical experience in emergency or critical care

nursing.

3) Knowledge or experience in emergency medical services preferred.

4) Experience in Infection Control with basic knowledge of the principles of

epidemiology and infections, diseases, sterilization, sanitation, and disinfection

practice required.

5) Qualifications to meet the UTHSCSA SHP criteria for appointment to

Assistant or Associate Professor, non-tenure track.

Personal Requirements

  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, fire and EMS personnel, the public, and representatives of other health care services.

  • Ability to teach EMTs, paramedics, other health care professionals, and lay persons pre-hospital emergency care, in formal and informal settings.

  • Effective communication skills; able to communicate with various individuals both inside and outside the organization; and able to understand and create reports / presentations /proposals.

  • Ability to closely follow and support the direction of the EMS Medical Director.

  • Proficient with computer systems including but not limited to MS Office.

  • Supervisory Control

    The Infectious Disease Coordinator works under the direction of the Pre- hospital Services Division Director and the Department Chair. The ICO is responsible for implementing the Infection Control Plan as authorized by the EMS physician medical director.

    Duties

  • The ICO will serve as the Department's "designated infection control officer" as required by the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Act of 1990 (PL 101-381) and State of Texas Health and Safety Code.

  • The ICO will provide these services to the San Antonio Fire Department, designated agencies under the South Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), or other agencies as designated by the Department of EHS.

  • Provide exposure reports to DSHS as prescribed in the Texas Blood Borne Pathogen Act.

  • Develop criteria for the purchase of infection control personal protective equipment and determine adequate stocking levels for each station and response vehicle.

  • Coordinate the immunization program with the EMS Medical Director and/or STRAC and maintain immunization records in the appropriate location.

  • Confer with the medical director on all exposure incidents.

  • Maintain a confidential database of exposures and treatment given, in conjunction with the infection control plan and medical director.

  • Provide technical expertise in the development of the infection control curriculum.

  • Keep abreast of new technologies and developments in the area of patient care, infection control, and immunization requirements.

  • Serve as a liaison between the entity's emergency response employees who may have been exposed to a reportable disease during the course and scope of employment and the destination hospital of the patient who was the source of the potential exposure.

  • Investigate and evaluate an exposure incident, using current evidence-based information on the possible risks of communicable disease presented by the exposure incident.

  • Monitor all follow-up treatment provided to the affected emergency response employee in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law.

  • UT Health San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities. All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.

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