DeKalb, IL (PRWEB) July 16, 2012
Kishwaukee Community Hospital ranks in the Top 10 of Illinois hospitals for patient safety, according to the August issue of Consumer Reports. The state rankings were included in the magazine’s investigative piece titled, “How safe is your hospital?”
Consumer Reports gathered information from government and independent sources in six categories: infections, readmissions, communication, CT scanning, complications and mortality.
Kish Hospital placed sixth in Illinois, ahead of 74 other hospitals in Kane, DuPage, Cook, McHenry, Ogle and Winnebago counties.
Contributing to Kish’s high standing were strong scores in the areas of infection control and CT scanning.
According to Consumer Reports, the infection control category “reflects a hospital’s success in avoiding infections in central-line catheters used in intensive care units, after c-sections, hernia repair, hip or knee replacement, hysterectomy, spinal fusion, coronary bypass, colon or gallbladder surgery.”
The CT scanning category evaluates the hospital’s practice in protecting patients against unnecessary radiation exposure by avoiding dual CT scans, once with contrast and once without.
“This recognition is affirmation of our efforts to provide a safe environment for our patients,” said Brad Copple, president of Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
“Several years ago, we purchased new technology and implemented new procedures to reduce radiation exposure for CTs and x-rays. In the area of infection control, our staff works very hard to comply with and exceed standards and protocols to prevent surgical site infections.
“It’s rewarding to see that data collected by Consumer Reports shows we are now a leader in both areas,” Copple said. “However, we can always do better. We are constantly evaluating ourselves, identifying areas for improvement and implementing best practices. Addressing patient safety is part of our daily routine.”
The data Consumer Reports used in its rankings is gathered regularly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and reported online by the Hospital Quality Alliance at its website http://www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov and the Illinois Hospital Association at websites including and http://www.healthcarereportcard.illinois.gov.