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  • Mary Bridge recognized for low infection rate

    MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital has been working hard to keep kids in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit safe from infections. That work was recognized recently when the Tacoma hospital received the highest rating of any pediatric hospital in Washington in a Consumer Reports story about preventing infections in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

    We are very proud of our doctors, nurses and health care providers who are dedicated to our young patients and work diligently to make sure they get great care when they are staying with us. Mary Bridge received a score of 4 out of 5 (with 5 being the highest) for the number of central-line infections in the Intensive Care Unit. Only five of the 92 hospitals examined across the country received a higher score. A central line delivers medication and nutrition to critically ill patients though a catheter.

    Here’s what we’re doing to keep your kids safe:

    • Making sure staff and visitors are washing their hands. That alone prevents a lot of germs from traveling around our hospital. We monitor this activity to make sure we have 100 percent compliance.
    • Hyper-vigilance when inserting central lines, cleaning central lines and maintaining central lines. Staff monitor the care of these lines and receive regular training to ensure we are using the best, most up-to-date methods available.
    • Each day the doctors, nurses and health care professionals discuss these lines to make sure they still are necessary. They want to remove them as soon as they are not needed.

    Our focus on preventing infections goes beyond central lines. We also work to keep our patients from getting infections at surgical sites, from getting urinary tract infections, and keep those on ventilators from getting pneumonia.

    Posted on Feb 2, 2012 in Trophy Case