Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in Houston reports that it has not recorded a healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) in the top three at-risk areas for 14 consecutive months.
The 251-bed hospital, part of the Methodist Hospital System, achieved a zero infection rate in ventilator associated pneumonias, central line bloodstream infections, and urinary catheter infections. Hospitals nationwide have been charged with reducing the number of hospital-acquired infections and other preventable injuries as a result of the Institute of Medicines patient safety initiatives. Published studies show that there are 1.7 million infections in hospitals annually, resulting in almost 100,000 deaths a year in the above three categories.
“Once thought unattainable, Willowbrook has set a new gold standard by sustaining zero infections in all three categories for this period,” said Dr. Charles Denham, chairman of Texas Medical Institute of Technology and co-chair of multiple national programs at the National Quality Forum. “High performance care occurs at the intersection of great leadership, safe practices that deliver predicable outcomes, and implementation of technologies. It all starts with leadership, and the extraordinary success of Methodist Willowbrook Hospital makes it a role model for our nation.”
Some of the things Willowbrook did to lower infection rates include working collaboratively with its nursing staff to develop an electronic tool within the electronic medical record that alerts nurses when specific patient care tasks should be performed.”