- epidemiology, healthcare-associated infections, infectious disease, occupational health, prevention
Dr. Babcock is Medical Director of the BJC Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Consortium, and Medical Director of Occupational Health (Infectious Disease) for Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals. In all of these roles, she provides medical direction for policies and procedures in place at BJC hospitals to prevent transmission of infections among patients and between patients and healthcare providers.
Dr. Babcock develops responses to emerging and resurgent infectious threats in healthcare settings. She also provides consultation on occupational health policies and procedures for Barnes-Jewish and St Louis Children’s Hospitals, and counseling to healthcare workers regarding vaccinations, and regarding prevention and management of exposures to potentially contagious diseases in the course of their work. She also teaches medical students, residents, and infectious disease fellows through coursework, didactic lecture series, and clinical experiences.
Dr. Babcock’s two main areas of interest are infection prevention and occupational health, specifically related to healthcare workers. She has studied needlestick injury rates and preventive measures among healthcare workers, prevention of ventilator-associated complications in ICU patients, healthcare associated infection surveillance strategies, and the clinical presentation of influenza among hospitalized patients, to better define clinical criteria for screening and isolation.
Her clinical work focuses primarily on orthopedic infections including diabetic foot infections, prosthetic joint infections and post-traumatic hardware associated infections.