Correll receives infection control certification

Friday, June 06, 2014

 Perri Correll,RN, CIC, nurse with Hamilton Medical Center  Perri Correll, RN, CIC

 DALTON, Ga. – Perri Brooks-Correll, RN, Hamilton Medical Center infection control specialist, recently received Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC). The CIC credential, administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC), identifies health care professionals who have shown a mastery of knowledge in infection prevention and control.

Those who have earned their CIC certification are responsible for developing and implementing infection prevention and control measures educating health care workers and the public on infection prevention, analyzing infection data to assess effectiveness of actions, and pursuing the condition of zero infections in all health care settings.

More than 5,000 infection prevention and control professionals working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care centers, and other health care settings throughout the world hold the CIC certification.

Each year, millions of patients contract infections in hospitals and other health care settings, creating a tremendous burden on health care systems and public health in general.

According to the CBIC, preventing these infections has the potential to save lives, reduce illness and disability, and avoid billions of dollars in unnecessary health care expenses.  The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by providing a standardized measurement of the current knowledge needed for persons practicing infection control. A health care professional who achieves certification supports his or her future knowledge and skills and shows a commitment to best practices in infection prevention and control and improved patient care. Certification also encourages individual growth and study, promotes professionalism among infection prevention and control professionals and formally recognizes those who fulfill the rigorous requirements for certification.

Sherry Hillis, RN, director of Infection Prevention, also holds CIC certification.