At a ceremony held this morning at the Ministry of Health, the Director of Soroka Medical Center and the team of the Infection Control Unit were awarded the National Infection Control Program's certificate of excellence.
Prof. Avraham Borer, Director of the Infection Control Unit at Soroka and Director of the Infection Control Forum at Clalit: "This is one of the most profound challenges facing healthcare systems in the Israel and around the globe. The ability to attain good results depends on appropriate investment in infrastructure, equipment and manpower, as well as assimilating procedures and raising awareness among hospital personnel."
The Ministry of Health runs an incentives program for hospitals in Israel to prevent and control acquired infections, one of the most complex challenges the healthcare system is currently facing. The Ministry model tests various indexes and awards each hospital a grade based on how close it gets to reaching the index's goal. The model's objective is to incentivize hospitals to take action in this field and achieve the essential standards needed to reduce the extent to which infections are acquired in hospitals, and to fight resistance to antibiotics.
The various index categories of the model include the infection control unit's resources, the monitoring and drilling of hand hygiene and general cleanliness, supporting infrastructure, computerization, lab indexes, management of antibiotics, infection monitoring and outcomes, and inoculation of healthcare workers.
For 2018, Soroka Medical Center placed first in the large hospital/main medical center category, indicating the hospital's deep commitment to preventing the spread of acquired infections.
Prof. Avraham Borer, Director of the Infection Control Unit at Soroka and Director of the Infection Control Forum at Clalit: "This is one of the most profound challenges that healthcare systems in Israel and all over the world are currently facing. The ability to achieve good outcomes depends on appropriate investments in infrastructure, equipment, and manpower, as well as assimilating procedures and increasing awareness among hospital personnel. We at Soroka have dedicated processes for all hospital personnel for generating a safe organizational climate."
Dr. Shlomi Codish, Director of Soroka Medical Center: "Preventing infections is a strategic objective, which requires a system-wide effort on the part of all teams. Soroka's leading status and excellence in infection prevention have been attained, thanks to an organizational culture that has been and continues to be assimilated among all hospital teams."