Patient Safety Measure Reaches Milestone

On Aug. 3, White Rock Medical Center reached a milestone in patient safety. The hospital logged one year, that’s 365 days in a row, of no catheter-associated urinary tract infections, also known as CAUTIs.

The rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections is tracked by hospitals as a measurement to help monitor that patients are receiving safe care. CAUTIs can cause significant morbidity and mortality to our patients, especially the elderly, explained Pat Jackson, RN, director of infection prevention.

“I’m so proud of our nursing staff and this incredible achievement,” she said. “Going a year without a CAUTI is a testament to the focus of our nursing staff on following our evidence-based recommendations to prevent these infections and getting indwelling urinary catheters out as quickly as possible.”

Not many hospitals have achieved this milestone, according to Kelli Hohenstein, RN, chief nursing officer.

“This accomplishment reflects the focused work of our team and the processes we’ve put in place to ensure safe care practices,” she said. “We’re on a mission to put quality and safety first. We are paving the way toward the highest standards, such as 100 Top Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A.”