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.
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
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
Experience: 1) One year of experience in infection prevention
2) A minimum of 1-year clinical experience in emergency or critical care
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
5) Qualifications to meet the UTHSCSA SHP criteria for appointment to
Assistant or Associate Professor, non-tenure track.
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.
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.
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.