Thursday, January 22, 2015

Reid ranked among the best in the country for infection control

Reid Hospital achieved the highest possible infection prevention rating in a recent survey by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center—one of only 37 hospitals in the country to do so. In Indiana, Reid shared top honors with Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City for having the top Consumer Reports score among the state’s 121 hospitals.

Consumer Reports evaluated about 4,000 U.S. hospitals for their success in avoiding bloodstream, surgical site and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The ratings included information on each of those types of infections, and combined them into an overall infections rating that reflects a hospital’s ability to prevent infections.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were an estimated 720,000 hospital-acquired infections in U.S. in 2011. That’s one in every 25 patients. Even more worrisome: about 75,000 people a year die because of those infections.

“Of the many quality indicators that we manage and track, infections are arguably among the most important of all, given their life threatening potential. Reid physicians and staff take safety very seriously, whether they are caring for patients in the hospital, a physician office or another outpatient facility,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “This commitment is system wide, and begins at the top of our organization—our Governing Board and Medical Staff review quality and safety data each month. In addition, the health system maintains a multidisciplinary Safety and Quality Committee to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent infections.”

Patient Safety Officer Mitch Neal, R.N., said Reid’s culture is one of safety and teamwork. “All employees are trained in safety practices, and actively demonstrate those skills on a daily basis,” he explained. “The team is always striving to be better. It is gratifying to be recognized as the best in the state and among the top nationally.”

Greg Carter, Reid’s Infection Control Practitioner, also credited the Reid team. “We have a great staff that strives to create a safer environment for our patients through infection prevention practices. They understand the importance of following infection policies and procedures. This recognition is a testimony of their accomplishments and hard work.”

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