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

t 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.  Fu
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