Prof. Abraham Borer, director of the Infection Control Unit at Soroka and director of the Forum for Infection Control at Clalit: "It is one of the biggest challenges facing health systems in Israel and the world. The ability to reach good achievements is dependent on suitable investments in infrastructure, equipment and manpower, together with implementation of procedures and increasing awareness among staff members".
The report refers to the year 2016.
According to data by the National Unit for Infection Control, the Soroka Medical Center achieved impressively "low" infection rates in the Intensive Care Units, and has maintained this record throughout the years.
The hospital's Infection Control Unit team is spearheading a vast and structured infection control operation, headed by Prof. Abraham Borer and Ronit Nativ, who also lead the Forum for Infection Control at the Hospitals Division at Clalit.
Prof. Abraham Borer, director of the Infection Control Unit at Soroka: "Key conditions for achievements are suitable investment in infrastructure, equipment, and adequate manpower that will allow the application of guidelines and instructions by the Infection Control Unit. Close cooperation between hospital departments and the Hospital-acquired Infection Control Unit, as well as zero tolerance for deviation from work protocols, are what ultimately bring good achievements in infection control. The ability to maintain these good achievements is a product of hard day-to-day work, including, as mentioned, meticulousness in the implementation of work protocols and international recommendations".
Dr. Shlomi Kodesh, Director of the Soroka Medical Center: "If we have to pinpoint the central aspect that makes Soroka's infection-fighting strategy unique, it is the dedication by the teams treating inside the Intensive Care Units and their precision in following the rules to a T, as well as their openness to regular inspection by the team at the Infection Control Unit. The ability to take findings from inspections and consistently apply them in an intervention program intended to continually decrease the frequency of infections is the source of success".