You know you're an infection preventionist when you've... (check all that apply)
Dropped everything to run infection rates for another department.
Received questions about an animal in the ICU (or any department).
Gotten a phone call about precautions as you are walking out the door on a Friday afternoon.
Shaved a patient's hair because they have lice.
Investigated an illness to ensure an outbreak doesn't occur.
Cultured every surface.
Dealt with a toilet overflow in a ward.
Reported on findings from rounds.
Cringed every time the phone rings.
Had the ceiling tiles fall down in the ER.
Had water leaking in the ICU before you even had your morning coffee.
Developed a patient safety plan.
Pulled in by nursing leadership to assist with brainstorming ideas and providing educational training to the nursing staff.
Told staff they did not have to burn linens of patients who had MDRO
Taught someone how to properly wash their hands.
Had to talk to a patient about complying with isolation precautions.
Reviewed contact precautions with the nursing staff.
Fielded calls from the local health department.
Gotten excited about getting new surveillance software.
Listened to a long voice mail about a "zombie apocalypse"
Prevented an infection and saved a life.