Hot Springs, Arkansas (April 11, 2013) – Mercy Hospital Hot Springs has received a Hospital CAUTI Reduction Award in the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s annual Quality Awards.
The Quality Awards are designed to recognize improvement in individual health care organizations’ performance in AFMC quality improvement projects. The Hospital CAUTI Reduction Award recognizes hospitals that have committed to focus efforts in the reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
“Infections are a serious concern for our patients. Not only do infections cause additional medical problems, they can, at times, result in serious illness,” said Mercy Hot Springs COO Brenda Chase. “At Mercy, we are very focused on safety and prevention of any harm to our patients, such as a hospital acquired infection. With the help of excellent physicians and nurses, we follow best practices for infection control and realized the benefits by reducing our number of catheter associated urinary tract infections.”
AFMC recognizes hospitals that have committed to focus efforts in the reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infections as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 10th Statement of Work. These hospitals have either reduced their CAUTI Standardized Infection Rate (SIR) below 1, which means they are better than the national average, or reduced CAUTIs by 25 percent during a six-month period.
Urinary tract infections account for more than 30 percent of healthcare-associated infections nationwide. Most are caused by insertion of catheters in the urinary tract. These may be prevented with recommended infection control measures.
Since 1888, Mercy in Hot Springs has served the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and surrounding communities. Mercy Hospital Hot Springs is a 282 bed full-service hospital accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, providing an emergency department with a Level 2 Trauma Center designation and a comprehensive range of medical services.