LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has been recognized by the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) for its dedication to patient safety. The recognition highlights the hospital’s success in reducing healthcare-associated infections.
Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, specifically are infections acquired while patients are receiving treatment for another condition in a healthcare setting.
HSAG is a Quality Improvement Organization for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Its “Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections Initiative” is part of three key quality initiatives at HSAG.
For the last three years, AVH has actively participated in the HSAG’s initiative via a partnership with more than 30 other California hospitals.
The focus of the partnership was threefold: to decrease catheter associated urinary tract infections, reduce Clostridium difficile infections, and provide assessment and recommendations for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, which establishes a process for evaluating the judicious use of antimicrobial agents.
“This accomplishment was achieved through the collective efforts of staff members from many departments and disciplines working together,” notes Anne Peterson, BSN, PHN, CIC, AVH’s infection prevention manager. “By using the latest evidence-based practices and clinical guidelines, we successfully improved the care provided for all patients. Our goal is to continue to improve, incorporating new methodologies as they are developed.”