Albany Med in December was commended by the New York State Department of Health for low rates of bloodstream infections that are significantly below the state averages in many areas.
In a report on 2012 hospital-acquired infections across the state, Albany Med was noted as having exceptionally low rates of blood infections to central lines, which carry fluids and medications into major veins.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which has logged low rates of central line infections over the past four years, reported no such infections in the 4,000 “central line days” for the year, an important achievement given the medically complex condition of these patients.
In addition, Albany Med was below state average in rates for colon, hip, hysterectomy and CABG donor surgical site infections, as well as for bloodstream infections in the Coronary, Medical, Surgical, Neurosurgical, Pediatric and Neonatal intensive care units.
“We have been working very hard at reducing our infections with a major focus on central lines,” said Louis Filhour, RN, senior vice president for clinical quality.
“The NICU follows very strict standards for both line insertion and line maintenance, and we have been working on applying their standards in the other ICUs,” he continued. “We also actively review each infection to identify contributing factors, and then work to change our systems to support best practice.”