Brentwood, TN (PRWEB) February 25, 2010
Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington, a QHR management client since 1994, was recently included in a Consumer Reports listing of 105 hospitals in the United States reporting zero central line-associated bloodstream infections for 2008. Data used to develop the list was collected from 926 hospitals in 43 states.
Central-line bloodstream infections are deadly infections associated with catheters that are placed in large veins leading to the heart. The catheters are used to transport essential nutrients, fluids and/or food in large volumes to patients in intensive care. The current average rate of infection among surgical ICUs in the United States is 2.3 infections per 1,000 central line days. Kadlec Regional Medical Center recorded 2,379 central line days with zero bloodstream infections.
"It is estimated that 30 percent of the nearly 99,000 hospital-infection-related deaths in the U.S. each year come from central-line bloodstream infections. The good news is that they are largely preventable - with proper attention given to things like hand washing and disinfection of a patient's skin," said QHR Vice President, Clinical Operations, Pat Cooper. "This report gives definitive evidence of the high level of attention and respect being given to the patients at Kadlec. The hospital's efforts and outcomes are truly outstanding."
"Our intensivists, nursing staff, respiratory therapists and other members of the Kadlec ICU team have developed aligned goals and adopted care bundles for a variety of situations, and the result has been a dramatically reduced rate of complications and mortality for our ICU patients," said Kadlec Regional Medical Center CEO Rand Wortman. "We are very proud of the improvements in quality of care and patient safety that they have achieved. Our community has benefited greatly from their expertise and their efforts to continually improve care."
QHR (Quorum Health Resources) has provided consulting, management and education resources to hospitals and health systems for three decades. QHR is the market leader in hospital management, with nearly 150 current multi-year clients across the U.S. As a consulting resource, QHR is the seventh largest healthcare management consulting firms in the U.S., and the QHR Learning Institute reaches more than 10,000 healthcare professionals each year. For more information, go to http://www.qhr.com.
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