Consumer Reports gives top scores to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Date: 
07/31/2015
SMEHC

Consumer Reports (CR) recognized Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) as a best practice hospital for having one of the lowest hospital acquired infection rates in the country. 

According to CR, 648,000 patients are infected with bacteria during their hospital stay and 75,000 die annually. During CR's exclusive new ratings on hospital infection rates, they found only 6% of the hospitals received top scores for preventing MRSA and C.diff, two of the most serious infections plaguing hospitals today. 

Rankings were based on data from 3,000 hospitals. The hospitals reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2013 and 2014. In particular, the report is focused on Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), clostridium difficile (C.diff), central line infections, surgical site infections and catheter infections.

PSMEMC have zero infections under the category of "avoiding catheter urinary tract infections," and are "at least 50% better than the national baseline," in avoiding MRSA and central line infections. Additionally the Consumer Report stated that PSMEMC is "between the baseline and 50% better than the national baseline,” for preventing C.diff and surgical site infections. 

In a recent video, the hospital explains how most of these diseases come from how hospital staff handle their patients. Another tip Presence Saints Mary advocated was an active dialogue between patients and staff to make sure the patient double checks on the staff. 

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