Navigation Links
Sentara Remains Successful at Preventing Patient Infections
Date:5/13/2010

NORFOLK, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center has posted another year with not a single case of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP).  That makes six consecutive years without this hospital acquired infection that can lead to increased mortality and increased cost of care for some of the hospital's sickest patients.  Three other Sentara hospitals have eliminated common hospital infections in their Intensive Care Units for one year or more and infection rates across the system are trending down.

Recent national news coverage points to the 100,000 hospital deaths each year that are the direct result of patient infections obtained while in the hospital, which nationally are on the rise.  Hospital acquired infections not only compromise the health of the patient, but they add to the costly provision of health care.  Some estimates say that these infections add between 4.5 and 5.7 billion dollars to the annual cost of healthcare in this country. 

Sentara has worked for many years to measure, in real time, hospital infection rates across all its ICUs and apply proven medical best practices to reduce the incidence in its facilities.  Not only is Sentara seeing significant reductions of patient infections in its facilities, several of its hospitals are marking one or more years with zero infections that at one time were considered an inevitable part of providing care.  These infection rates are monitored according to Sentara's Intensive Care Infection Quality Measures.

For Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, six years without a VAP places it among a handful of providers in the country performing at that level.  After surpassing the five year milestone, national leadership organizations on healthcare quality promoted the facility as a model practice for infection control.  The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and VHA featured the ventilator care at Sentara Williamsburg during national conferences and in best practice publications.

When asked how it is done, lead intensivist physician Dr. John Kaiser points to consistent treatment and teamwork when caring for ventilator patients.  By consistently implementing a care "bundle" of procedures for patients, Sentara Williamsburg effectively has involved physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists as part of the team.  This clinical best practice has made a real difference for ICU patients.

Sentara Obici Hospital also recently marked its three year anniversary with no VAPs.  Further proof that quality care, performed consistently can have a dramatic impact on improving patient care.

Sentara Bayside Hospital is one of only five hospitals in Virginia and mentioned among the best in the country for protecting patients in the intensive care unit against life-threatening central line bloodstream infections in the March Consumer Reports magazine.  While not recognized in the magazine, Sentara Leigh Hospital has not had a single central line associated bloodstream infection in its ICU in the past year.

Between 2002 and 2009, the Sentara system's rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections fell from 3.68 to 0.42, a 93% reduction.  In that same period, VAPs fell 92% and significant reductions were seen in cases of Urinary Tract Infections in ICU patients across the system.

Sentara promotes a safe patient environment by promoting hand hygiene for all staff and physicians, promoting best care practices and in some cases actively screening patients for infection upon entry to the ICU.

For more health information and the latest press releases, go to the Sentara news page on Sentara.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Sentara
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Photos: Sentara Joins 4 U.S. Hospitals in International TARGIT Breast Cancer Trial
2. Sentara Cancer Network Earns National Accreditation
3. Organ Donor Shortage Remains Obstacle for Would-Be Transplant Patients Despite Better Medicine
4. Quality Colonoscopy Exam Remains Best Strategy for Detection of Polyps and Cancers According to Experts From the American College of Gastroenterology
5. Cardiac Disease in Women Remains Untreated for Decades
6. U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Proposed RESUS Clinical Trial in Trauma Patients Remains on FDA Hold
7. Senate Rejects Bulk Imports of Medicine from Canada, but Personal Importation Remains a Popular Option for U.S. Citizens
8. Awareness of Heart Disease in Women Remains Low
9. R&D Investment by U.S. Biopharmaceutical Companies Remains Strong Despite Ongoing Economic Challenges
10. Harvard Medical School-Partners HealthCare Center for Genetics and Genomics Successfully Completes Evaluation of AutoGenomics 2C9-VKORC1 Panel to Assess Warfarin Sensitivity
11. TaiGen Biotechnology Successfully Completes Patient Recruitment for Phase II Trial of Nemonoxacin for Treatment of Adult Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/17/2017)... NEW YORK , Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... announced today the partnership of their 3D body ... in healthcare IT.  The new integration will be ... on an interactive model of the human body. ... data saves clinicians time, while also increasing the ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... , Feb. 16, 2017 Absorption Systems, ... and medical devices, is pleased to announce that its ... been selected as a winner of the 2017 Executive ... Magazine and recognizes driven executives for their creative ... ethic. The awards ceremony and celebration is on March ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... (NYSE: DVA ) today announced results for the ... Net income attributable to DaVita Inc. for the quarter and ... per share and $880 million, or $4.29 per share, respectively. ... for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, excluding ... per share, and $789 million, or $3.85 per share, respectively. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... CONTACT:, Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS, +1 ... Dr. Glenn Vallecillos experiments SculpSure, the hot, new, aesthetic, non-surgical procedure ... been centered around that idea that to achieve ones desired results a surgical ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Smiles by Seese is a comprehensive family dental ... Seese leads the practice as a skilled and highly credentialed dentist who is qualified ... serves patients of all ages with excellence in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... For the first time, International Scholarship ... exhibit floor for the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition at the ... more than 40,000 healthcare industry professionals are expected at the conference, where they ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Qualis Health, one ... in the 8th Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards in recognition of its innovative healthcare ... is recognized across multiple award categories, highlighting four of the organization’s current programs:, ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... executives and focusing on all facets of clinical trial planning and management. Pharmica ... patient engagement, and more. In addition, attendees stopping by Pharmica’s booth were able ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):