BRISTOL - Bristol Hospital ranks second in the state and 446 nationwide for quality of reductions in hospital incurred infections for fiscal year 2017, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
There are 3,314 hospitals nationwide in the CMS database. There are 28 acute care hospitals in the state.
“It’s very serious stuff,” said hospital spokesman Chris Boyle. “The patients now are much more well-versed and are looking this information up.”
The data is available on the website, medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.
The only hospital in Connecticut to score better is Hebrew Home & Hospital in West Hartford.
Hospitals that perform in the worst (25 percent) of the list of Hospital Acquired Conditions Reduction Program are given a 1 percent reduction in their Medicare payments. Twelve acute care Connecticut hospitals were penalized, down from 18 last year.
“I think the recent report reflects our dedication to patient outcome and excellent care that we strive to apply and do apply,” said Korey Roth, vice president of Quality & Safety Compliance Officer. “We do have a strong infection reduction-based protocol. This is our fourth cycle and we’ve had terrific numbers in the past. We have not received any penalties associated with infections.”
Nurses are the first line of defense against infections, hospital officials said.
“Nurses at Bristol Hospital work with the entire multidisciplinary team to ensure safe, quality care for our patients,” said Chris Ann Meaney, vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer. “Our exemplary HAC results are a direct result of this extraordinary team collaborating with each other, respecting each other and empowering each other to deliver patient centered care.”
Meaney added that prevention is not a one-time event.
“As a magnet organization we embrace research and evidence based practice and incorporate this evidence in to our daily practice,” she said.
“We do not accept the status quo. We use the quality improvement process to address areas of opportunity and to continue our journey of excellence.”
The whole process of keeping infections out of the hospital is a team effort, said Donna Morris, infection preventionist safety/emergency preparedness coordinator.
“It’s teamwork in the entire facility, compliance for each and every individual in the facility and the knowledge that what they’re doing and not doing can have an impact,” Morris said. “I’ve not seen more dedicated individuals to keeping our patients safe. It begins from hand hygiene to how you clean a room, to performing a surgery.”
All of that is more important every year, Roth added.
“It’s critical as new multiple drug resistant organisms make their way into Connecticut,” Roth said. “Every year, we look at our plan, current metrics and where we can improve.”
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