Methods to reduce c. diff bacterial infection rates recognized
Atlantic General Hospital was one of six Maryland hospitals selected to
present solutions at the 4th Annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference,
held in March.
In response to an increased incidence of clostridium-difficile bacteria
(c. diff) – a highly contagious germ that can easily spread among
patients, visitors and staff – in hospitals nationwide as well as
in this region, Atlantic General instituted a multidisciplinary solution
to decrease infection rates in their facility. The project involved six
hospital departments and resulted in dramatic declines over the 2007 calendar year.
More than 150 individuals watched the presentation and the 11,000 conference
attendees received Atlantic General Hospital’s presentation in their
Directory of Solutions.
“The Maryland Patient Safety Center brings together health care providers
to share their methods for improvement in patient safety to prevent errors
and, ultimately, offer the patient a better hospital experience,”
said Carol Ann Boswell, director of quality at Atlantic General Hospital.
“This conference is a wonderful way to exchange ideas, and we were
happy to present the results of our practice improvements.”
About the Maryland Patient Safety Center
The Maryland Patient Safety Center brings together health care providers
to study the causes of unsafe practices and put practical improvements
in place to prevent errors. Designated in 2004 by the Maryland Healthcare
Commission, the Center’s vision is to make Maryland hospitals and
nursing homes the safest in the nation.
The Center is part of a unique approach to patient safety developed by
the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) in response to legislation
passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2001. The approach combines
limited mandatory reporting of serious adverse events to the state health
department with voluntary systems improvement activities coordinated by
a statewide patient safety center. To carry out its charge to improve
safety in Maryland, the Center focuses on collaboration and education,
voluntary confidential reporting, and research. For more information about
the Center, visit www.marylandpatientsafety.org.