Nurse Provides Tips on Preventing Infection in the Rehabilitation Setting
Shepherd Center team works proactively to reduce the risk of infection among patients.
Patients at Shepherd Center are at risk of infection for a few important reasons.
- The risk goes up the longer a person is in a facility, and Shepherd’s average inpatient is in the hospital for more than six weeks.
- Because Shepherd Center is a rehabilitation facility, patients are very mobile throughout the hospital, which sacrifices some infection protection afforded by having them stay put in their rooms.
- Also, a high proportion of Shepherd patients use medical devices that add the risk of infection; these include certain kinds of IVs, tracheostomies and urinary catheters.
Listen in on Shepherd Center Radio as Sarah Culberson, RN, discusses how Shepherd Center is working to decrease the risks of infection to patients. This podcast and others from Shepherd Center Radio are available here or as download from the link above.
Sarah Culberson, RN, BSN, CIC, has been the infection preventionist at Shepherd Center since March 2010. She has practiced nursing for 21 years and specialized in infection prevention since 2001. Sarah graduated from Kennesaw State University’s School of Nursing. She has been certified in infection prevention and epidemiology since 2005. Sarah and her husband Tim and have four children. Their eldest child, Robert, is a volunteer at Shepherd Center. Sarah enjoys spending time with family, reading and leading a Girl Scout troop.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.