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

rther 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.

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