Pediatric infectious disease specialists at Nemours see children with recurring (reappearing or ongoing) infections caused by germs such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. We’re committed to providing a safe environment for all the children we see, especially those who are sick and have weakened or undeveloped immune systems. Part of protecting kids from infections is making sure our staff gets their influenza (flu) immunizations and properly washes their hands. These simple steps can make a big difference for the health of the kids we treat.
Why Measuring Results Matters
At Nemours, we measure our results and compare them to national rates to help track our progress in providing pediatric care with the best possible results. Why? So we can:
- help you make decisions about your child’s care
- be clear about our results
- improve so we can consistently deliver better, safer care
We’re proud of our infection control achievements in Nemours children’s hospitals and outpatient specialty, primary and urgent care locations. Here are a couple of outcomes we track and focus on to improve the experience for both you and your child.
Protecting Patients Against the Flu
Making Sure Employees Get Their Flu Vaccine Every Year
When our teams involved in patient care are healthy, there’s less chance of transmitting seasonal viruses like the flu to our patients and families. That's why all employees:
- receive educational materials on flu vaccination safety and effectiveness
- have access to free flu immunizations
- are asked to get their annual flu immunization
We also recommend that all patients ages 6 months and older get their annual flu vaccine.
Percentage of Nemours Employees Immunized for Influenza, Nemours Children’s Health System (All Locations)
Percentage of Nemours employees who received influenza vaccination during flu season
National average (benchmark)
Data source: Nemours employees involved in patient care includes anyone in direct contact with inpatients (in the hospital) and outpatients (at office appointments). Data collected from Nemours Employee Health records for employees at Nemours children’s hospitals (Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando), as well as Nemours specialty care, urgent care and primary care locations throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia and Florida (2016-2017). Data does not include those who declined or were exempt.
Benchmark: Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care Workers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Stopping the Spread of Infections With Proper Hand Washing
Making Sure Employees Clean Their Hands the Right Way Every Time
Hand washing is considered one of the most important measures for preventing infections in health care facilities. You’d think hand washing would be a given, but the national average is just 70-73 percent. That means caregivers don’t properly wash their hands almost a quarter to a third of the time. This puts both patients and staff at risk, increasing the risk of spreading infections.
Following proper hand washing practices means washing hands before and after every interaction with a patient. At Nemours, we provide continuing educational about hand washing, and monitor our providers to make sure they’re always following proper hand washing procedures. Families are part of the process too. It’s important to insist that all care providers wash their hands (or use hand sanitizer if their hands aren’t visibly dirty) before and after seeing their child — every time.
Percentage of Health Care Providers Practicing Proper Hand Washing/Hand Hygiene
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)
Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando)
National Average (Benchmark)
Data source: Nemours data represents 2017 hand hygiene compliance (of caregivers and individuals involved in direct patient contact) observed upon entry and/or exit of the patient room at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (in Wilmington, Del.) and Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando). Hand hygiene training/processes followed at the hospitals are adhered to at all Nemours locations.
Benchmark: Measuring hand hygiene compliance rates in different special care settings: a comparative study of methodologies. Int J Infect Dis. 2015 Apr;33:205-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2015.02.016. Epub 2015 Feb 23.
Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart
Why Choose Nemours Infectious Disease
Treating infectious diseases in children requires the pediatric expertise of specialists who understand how infections affect kids’ developing bodies. Nemours specialists work together to provide accurate evaluations and tests for kids of all ages. Here are just some of the reasons families choose us for their child’s care:
- Comprehensive multispecialty care. Our teams partner with other Nemours specialists in hematology/oncology, allergy and immunology, pathology, radiology, surgery, intensive care, the Emergency Department and more to diagnose and treat even the most complex infectious diseases in children.
- Advanced, kid-friendly radiology equipment. Nemours has state-of-the-art pediatric medical imaging technologies that provide the best results with the least amount of radiation.
- Specialized care for babies, kids
andteens with HIV/AIDS. In addition to perinatal (after birth) care for infants with HIV/AIDS, we offer comprehensive treatment and connection to community services to improve kids’ quality of life.
- Short appointment wait times. We make sure families don’t have to wait long. We know it can be stressful when you’re trying to figure out what’s going on with your child. We want to see you and get the answers you need as soon as possible.
We ask for your honest feedback so we can make improvements for all of our patients. In surveys, patient satisfaction scores ranked our infectious disease care in the 99th percentile for 2013 and 2015.
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children's Division of Infectious Disease earned the Division Teaching Award from the Pediatric Residency Program for 2000, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Division Chief Karen A. Ravin also earned the Teaching Excellence Award from the Pediatric Residency Program in 2015.
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