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Healthcare-Associated Infections

A Pennsylvania Department of Health report reaffirmed PinnacleHealth’s leadership among state hospitals in low infection rates. In multiple categories, our infection rates were lower than the Department of Health predicted for a hospital of PinnacleHealth’s size and scope, and significantly lower than predicted in some areas.

“Patient safety is our number one concern,” said Michael Young, president and CEO of PinnacleHealth System. “We’ve made the elimination of infections our primary focus and gone to great lengths to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients. We’re very happy to see the results of this effort so clearly shown in the Department of Health report.”

All hospitals in Pennsylvania are required to report any healthcare-associated infection (HAI) that occurs in an inpatient location to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Information from Pennsylvania hospitals is provided to the Pennsylvania Department of Health in order to be compiled, analyzed and published on an annual basis. The newly released report used data from 2012.

PinnacleHealth had been recognized for significantly lower-than-predicted catheter-associated urinary tract infections and central-line associated bloodstream infections. Additionally, the health system had a lower than predicted number of surgical site infections for cardiac surgery, knee replacements, coronary artery bypass grafting and abdominal hysterectomy procedures.
“Low infection rates make for a better patient experience and faster recoveries,” said Young. “Infections also significantly affect the cost of healthcare. By keeping infections low, we are able to increase patient satisfaction and well-being while significantly reducing the costs paid by patients, employers and other payors.”
He added, “It is important for patients and the general public to know this information so they can make informed decisions about their healthcare.”

A Summary of PinnacleHealth’s Results

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)*

  • The statewide rate of CAUTI was 1.71 per 1,000 catheter days
  • The PinnacleHealth rate of CAUTI was 0.80 per 1,000 catheter days
  • The predicted number of CAUTI was 68.49
  • The actual number of CAUTI was 30

Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections CLABSI-Adult*

  • The statewide rate of CLABSI was 0.89 per 1,000 line days
  • The PinnacleHealth rate of CLABSI was 0.29 per 1,000 line days
  • The predicted number of CLABSI was 25.87
  • The actual number of CLABSI was 9

CLABSI-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  •  Predicted number was 2.94
  • Actual number was 2

Number of SSI's Surgical Site Infections

  • Cardiac: Predicted 2.67, Actual 1
  • CABG–Single Incision: Predicted 0.76, Actual 0
  • CABG–Dual Incision: Predicted 6.99, Actual 2
  • Knee Replacement: Predicted 13.94, Actual 9
  • Abdominal Hysterectomy: Predicted 10.26, Actual 9
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 *Recognized for being significantly lower than predicted for a hospital of PinnacleHealth’s size and scope.

Focus on Infections

PinnacleHealth has implemented rigorous policies and process improvements aimed at reducing infections, including extensive and clearly defined policies on patient preparation, operating room inspections and hand-washing.
“Infection control is something that must be done every minute of every day – it requires a continuing focus and daily commitment,” said Young. “Infections are a very serious issue and possibly life-threatening, so we know we can’t let our guard down. To achieve these results took the ongoing commitment of our entire staff and a focus on the entire continuum of care from our front doors to our patients’ homes.”