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TRMC Celebrates Patient Safety Milestone

Contact: Karen Herring

Troy Regional Medical Center 334-670-5487 or Karen.herring@troymedicalcenter.com

A special celebration was recently held at Troy Regional Medical Center to recognize a milestone in patient safety…over 2,000 days without a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). "This is an outstanding accomplishment for the medical team here at Troy Regional Medical Center. We have an excellent nursing staff and they put patient safety first with every patient, every day," Dr. Lyn Diefenderfer, Chief of Hospital Medicine, said. "They feel empowered to talk with me and share their opinions about patient care. I really value their input."

Amy Minor, Troy Regional Medical Center Chief Clinical Officer, stated, "Our first responsibility for patients is to Do No Harm and we want Troy Regional Medical Center to be recognized as one of the safest hospital in the nation. Reaching this milestone of over 2,000 days without at CAUTI indicates our medical team focuses on patient safety. The focus on CAUTI prevention has made a tremendously positive impact on patient care. I could not be more proud of our staff." Minor pointed out the nursing and medical staff at Troy Regional is highly competent and patient centered as indicated with this accomplishment in patient safety.

The commitment of the entire staff in assuring safety and comfort for each patient is also something that Amanda Pyron, Infection Preventionist, is very proud of. "Both the nurses and patient care techs work daily to make sure the catheter area is clean and free of infection. That is a top priority when dealing with patient safety."

Pyron explained that Troy Regional Medical Center safety scores are compared nationwide. "And the goal is always zero. I am so proud when talking to other facilities about our CAUTI rates…zero is almost unheard of. It just proves that we work as a team focused on patient care."

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection is one of the most significant patient safety problems. Each year there are more than 449,000 CAUTI incidents affecting Americans and 13,000 CAUTI-related deaths in the United States. The morbidity and mortality rate of patients contracting a CAUTI is 2.8 times greater than a patient who does not contract a CAUTI. The Center for Disease Control states that a CAUTI is a urinary tract infection that develops in patients with indwelling catheters in place for over 48 hours. A number of factors contribute to CAUTI including prolonged catheterization.