Every day, the staff at St. Francis Hospital & Health Services carefully tracks important information to keep patients safe and healthy. But recently, they took an extra step, joining a national effort to eliminate healthcare-acquired infections.
Specifically, St. Francis has agreed to work with Primaris, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Missouri, tracking harmful catheter-associated urinary tract infections for nationwide analysis.
Information about these infections will be collected in a national database maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to collecting and submitting this data, St. Francis will join a network of healthcare organizations that share data and learn from each other. Ultimately, with the help of St. Francis and others, healthcare providers around the United States will be able to track their overall performance, identify patterns and effectively help keep Missouri patients safer and healthier.
Urinary tract infections remain a problem in many hospitals – they account for almost a third of infections reported by acute-care hospitals, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (which contracts with Primaris). About four of every five of those begin in a catheter inserted into the patient’s urethra.
St. Francis Hospital & Health Services is committed to eliminating these infections and keeping patients safe. Although the hospital has tracked these conditions internally for some time now, joining this national effort will broaden the scope of this patient-safety effort.
“We take quality improvement seriously. These measures aren’t just numbers. They represent real people that come through our front door needing our help. By keeping an eye on these measures, we can celebrate our successes or, when we see a drop, we can work to address it. It keeps us on our toes and it keeps our patients healthy,” said Barb Mullock, St. Francis Infection Control Nurse.
For more information about how St. Francis is improving the care provided to its patients, please contact Rita Miller, Community Relations and Development Director at (660) 562-7933.