What you need to know about Infection Prevention and Control

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL is committed to PREVENT AND CONTROL hospital-associated infections.

Hand hygiene is the single most effective way to reduce hospital associated infections. We have placed anti-bacterial hand sanitizers throughout the hospital and also in every patient room to make hand hygiene accessible for patients, visitors, staff and physicians. The sanitizers are also at every entrance, all elevators, department entrances, throughout the hallways, medical office buildings, waiting areas and our cafeterias. We encourage you to be involved in your care at P/SL and RMHC at P/SL and ask your healthcare provider if they have washed their hands prior to caring for you.

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL care for high-risk patients who could become very ill if they contract influenza or another respiratory viral illness. Some units have strict visiting restrictions, especially during cold and flu season, and we encourage you to check often if visiting restrictions are in place. We always ask visitors who display cold or flu symptoms to come back when they are feeling better as we do not want any of our patients put at risk. Our policy also asks people who have an appointment to see a physician, and are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, to wear a mask. Masks are readily available throughout the hospital and they are free of charge.

Our Infection Preventionists are available to answer questions from patients, family members and friends. The Infection Prevention Department can be reached at 303-839-6539.

Depending on why you are visiting P/SL and RMHC at P/SL, there are many other patient safety initiatives in place to reduce your risk of acquiring a hospital-associated infection.

  • Prevention of surgical site infections: Our highly skilled teams in the operating rooms at P/SL and RMHC at P/SL are all trained in special measures to reduce your risk of acquiring a surgical site infection, or SSI.  All surgical departments consistently perform better than the national average in the incidence of surgical site infections even despite performing complex and high-risk surgeries on a daily basis.
  • Preventing infections for hospitalized patients is also a priority housewide at P/SL and RMHC at P/SL. We have many patient safety initiatives in place to make your visit as safe as possible

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL believe in transparency in reporting our information and report all Adult Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit central line associated blood stream infection data to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) as required by House Bill 1045. Surgical site infection data is also reported to CDPHE for the following surgeries:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Hernia repairs
  • Abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies
  • Hip replacements
  • Knee replacement
  • Breast procedures
  • Colon procedures

All reports can be viewed on the CDPHE Patient Safety website.

Here is a user friendly website that can also provide information you may be looking for: Comparative Healthcare Performance Data

Thank you for trusting Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL with your care or the care of your family member.