Prevention and control of infection


Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4
1205 Genève

Complément d'adresse
9ème étage du bâtiment des lits, derrière l’accueil de la Division privée
Stephan Harbarth
Stephan Harbarth
Head of Division

Mission of the Infection Prevention and Control Division

The Infection Prevention and Control Division is responsible for the control and prevention of infections and reservoirs of drug-resistant microorganisms in hospitals. Preventing the risk of infection applies to patients, visitors and staff.

The main missions of this activity are: 

  • monitoring and prevention of hospital infections, also known as nosocomial or care-related, endemic infections; 
  • detection, investigation, correction and prevention of epidemic infections; 
  • control of resistance to and the use of anti-infectious agents, with regard to multi-drug-resistant microorganisms; 
  • training, teaching and educating medical and health care personnel in the field; 
  • resolution of hospital hygiene problems by tailoring recommendations to the specific characteristics of sectors; 
  • improving quality of care and medical/health care and technical procedures with regard to the risk of infection; 
  • applied research and the development of preventive measures; 
  • promoting quality of care and professional knowledge applied to the field of infection prevention.

The IPCD also has a consulting service that extends to the environment and building hygiene sector.

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Last update : 14/03/2024