It’s Infection Prevention Week! Recognizing our integral colleagues

October 21, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

It’s time to close out  International Infection Prevention Week 2022. Throughout the week, Headlines has been recognizing those who keep our organization safe and healthy.

In addition to fighting a pandemic, the Infection Prevention & Epidemiology (IPE) team protects faculty and staff from surges in health care-associated infections, measles outbreaks, during flu season, and so many other day-to-day infectious battles. 

Here’s a closer look at one more of these valuable team members!

Jayna Berger, infection preventionist

What is your role at Michigan Medicine and how long have you held your position?
I first began my career in the department in 2007 as an infection control data analyst. In 2010, my family and I relocated for a few years. But I returned to IPE in 2017 to help support the hand hygiene initiative. I transitioned to my current role as an infection preventionist in 2019. My specific coverage areas are the UH OR and PACUs, TBICU, 5A and our adult short stay units.

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

The most satisfying part of this job is bringing people together. The bulk of my work is in     surgical site infection prevention which requires buy-in from many different departments and from all different roles. Getting folks to show up and work together means fewer SSIs and better outcomes for our patients.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most satisfying part of this job is also the most challenging! With so many available resources, specialties and schedules at Michigan Medicine, it can be pretty tough to get everyone together. Luckily, we have technology like Zoom and Teams that allow us to get the job done no matter where we are.

What is the one thing you would want people to know about the work you do?
Infection prevention is more than just hand washing.  But seriously, don’t forget to wash your hands.