Monday, February 15, 2010

Deadly Hospital Infections

I read an article entitled “Deadly infections: Hospitals can lower the risk, but many fail to act” in the March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports. St. Joseph Medical Center as part of Carondelet Health in Kansas City has implemented the following recommendations from leading authorities in infection prevention to prevent hospital-acquired conditions.

Carondelet Health has a comprehensive infection control program, with dedicated nurses to support efforts to monitor and prevent infections.

Our program incorporates evidence-based practices from leading authorities in infection prevention including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). In addition, we comply with regulations from government agencies such as the state and local health departments, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission.

We have implemented all of the essential elements of an infection prevention and control program to prevent healthcare-associated infections, including central-line bloodstream infections, including:

-Proper hand hygiene (washing hands before and after patient care) is essential for our staff as well as patients and visitors.

-Use of appropriate barrier precautions, such as gloves, gowns, masks, caps, etc., by healthcare workers and visitors.

-Separation of patients with serious infections from other patients to prevent the transmission of infection.

-Environmental cleaning and decontamination of equipment, especially items that are frequently touched or are close to patients, such as bedrails and bedside equipment.

-Monitoring the cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of instruments and equipment used for patient care.

-Proper disinfection of the patient’s skin prior to medical and surgical procedures

-Sharing information with patients and families so they understand the importance of infection prevention practices in all healthcare settings and at home.

Please to do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

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