Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center (LHDCMC) has some of the lowest rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the United States, according to data from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In total, 335 hospitals across the country, including LHDCMC, had an infection ratio of zero.
“To be among the top hospitals in the country to receive this recognition speaks volumes to the high-quality care we provide to the communities we serve,” said Deneen Richmond, president of Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center. “I applaud every member of our team for their hard-work and commitment, as well as the precautions taken to ensure our patients are safe during their stay.”
The measures are developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and collected through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). They provide information on infections that occur while the patient is in the hospital. The figures represent data collected from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
“Patient safety is our top priority,” said Jean Murray, director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at Luminis Health. “Nationally, 75% of urinary tract infections of hospitalized patients are associated with urinary catheters. The greatest risk is the length of time the catheter is in place. That is why it is important to remove catheters as soon as they are no longer medically necessary. We keep the utilization of these devices low to help enhance the safety of our patients,” said Murray.