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Local Hospital Makes Headway in Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections

| April 3, 2014


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A local hospital says they’re data indicates they’re doing exceedingly better at reducing hospital acquired infections like MRSA. Shawn Cunningham takes a look at what the hospital has done to protect its patients.

Aroostook Medical Center for treatment, can rest assure they’re less likely to contract anything else like MRSA, a hospital acquired infection. TAMC says their data in the past two years indicates the site is doing notably well in reducing the number of HAI’s. Jennifer Tweedie is the Manager¬†¬†of Infection Prevention for TAMC and says “From 2012 to the end of 2013, based on national averages we saw a reduction in 200 thousand dollars worth of hospital acquired infections and we reduced patient days by nearly a 130.”

Tweedie says some of the ways they reduced the number of HAI’s is implementing best practices like making sure cathetors are removed from patients as soon as they possibly can be. But above all else staff understand the importance of

“Reiterating the importance of hand hygiene in our facilities, that is the number one thing that we can be doing to be driving those numbers down.”

Although TAMC is doing very well in reducing the number of hospital acquired infections, she says there are more things that can be done to reduce them even more.

“The proper utilization of antibiotics so ensuring that hospitals have an antibiotic antimicrobial stewardship programs in place which we have worked on here at TAMC and continue to work on are very important collaboration with environmental services is very important, we need to make sure that we’re practicing the proper cleaning practices,” says Tweedie.

And she says its also important patients feel empowered enough to speak up and ask hospital staff if they’re doing prevention practices like washing their hands to continue to SPREAD the message that reducing HAI’s is a healthcare priority.

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