South County Hospital

Our Infection Prevention & Control Department

401 788-1658, Infection Prevention & Control


South County Hospital's Department of Infection Prevention & Control works to ensure the safety of our community and our patients.

  • Annual risk assessment of potential infections 
  • Prevention efforts that include immunizations (flu, pneumonia, Tdap, HPV and Herpes Zoster vaccine, and others), prevention of surgical site infections, proper hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette.
  • Control of staph bacteria Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Surveillance of problematic situations
  • UV light disinfection technology that eradicates highly resistant bacteria (MRSA, VRE, CRE), viruses, and spores such as C-Diff. Read more >

The Hospital's Infection Prevention & Control Department also offers community outreach education programs on the following:

  • Influenza prevention and control: South County Health is a regional flu pandemic plan leader. In our pandemic plan, we offer a detailed outline of our response to an outbreak.  
  • Seasonal flu and pneumonia clinics
  • Tdap vaccine for pregnant and postpartum women, as well as family members caring for the newborn. Contact our Resource Scheduling Department at 401 788-1486.
  • Lyme disease and other tick-born illnesses, such as Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis