(April 19, 2013)—The medical surgical unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) recently received a Circle of Honor Award from the Maryland Patient Safety Center. The Center recognizes hospitals and health systems for their progress in advancing a culture of safety for patients, families and staff.
AAMC’s medical surgical unit won the award for their work in preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). If left untreated, CAUTIs can lead to more serious kidney infection and contribute to health decline in patients with compromised immune systems.
“We are always looking for ways to eliminate preventable harm for every patient,” says Christine Frost, RN, AAMC’s director of the medical surgical unit. “The model we developed for prevention resulted in a full year with no infections and the positive trend continues.”
The medical surgical unit CAUTI team used evidence-based practices and rounded with nurses and staff each month conducting situational analysis regarding patients. The team worked closely with infection control to review trends and develop plans for catheter removal, a key factor in their success.