The Infectious Disease department at Kaiser Permanente Northwest is comprised of board-certified Infectious Disease specialists who treat patients in clinic and in the hospital. We specialize in every aspect of infections caused by bacteria, fungi (yeast), tuberculosis, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and parasitic infections. These are infections that can be acquired in the community, in the hospital, or as a result of travel. Some examples include MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile (“C dif”). We also provide telephone consultations to all the doctors in our group to assist them in the care of their patients.
In addition, we lead quality programs for appropriate antibiotic use in our hospitals and for our clinic patients (“antimicrobial stewardship”); as well as hospital epidemiology and infection prevention and control programs for our hospitals, ambulatory clinics, and surgical centers. Our doctors provide oversight for our members who travel abroad and get advice about immunizations and preventive health through our travel clinic. We advise our organization on immunization policies and champion annual influenza vaccination programs. Our department also works closely with public health authorities for the safety of our members as it pertains to the prevention of infection and outbreaks of contagious diseases.