Woodland Healthcare has success in guarding against infection

By From page A5 | September 15, 2013

Fewer patients were treated for septic infection at Woodland Memorial Hospital in 2012 than at any other acute-care facilities in the Sacramento area, the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has reported.

Woodland Memorial also had the second lowest incidence of sepsis-related deaths among infected patients, the department reported. These two statistics reflect the success of adherence to evidence-based guidelines Woodland Healthcare has instituted to combat the nationwide problem of infection among patients, a news release said.

Sepsis is a severe systemic reaction to serious infection within the body. Symptoms are flu-like and can include high fever, chills, rapid pulse and respirations. Some patients arrive at hospitals already experiencing sepsis, while others acquire it during treatment.

At Woodland Memorial Hospital, 152 patients were diagnosed with sepsis in 2012. In addition, the hospital’s sepsis rate per 100 patients decreased 13.8 percent between 2009 and 2012, the news release said. That number reflects the greatest decline among all local acute-cate hospitals, including Yolo and Solano counties.

“Woodland Memorial’s outstanding improvement in sepsis incidence can be attributed to compliance with infection prevention guidelines, very high rates of hand hygiene compliance, short lengths of stay as well as early recognition and treatment of sepsis,” said Michael Patmas, M.D., the hospital’s chief medical officer.

“For our physicians and staff, reducing the risk of infection among our patients will continue to be one of our highest priorities.”

For more information about Woodland Healthcare, visit www.dignityhealth.org/woodland.

Enterprise staff

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