Hospital-acquired infections are one of Christiana Care’s focus areas on our journey to zero cases of preventable harm. These kinds of infections can lead to increased morbidity and mortality, prolonged lengths of stay and increased costs of care. Through the collaborative efforts of the Infection Prevention Committee, patient care units and the service lines, the five tracked major classes of hospital-acquired infections have decreased 31 percent since fiscal year 2012, with nearly 300 fewer patients developing infection.
The Zero Harm Award recognizes patient care units that have achieved 12 months or more of zero hospital-acquired infections in specific categories, or that have achieved zero falls with no major injury.
Thanks and congratulations to all members of the health care team for their unflagging commitment to patient safety, their high achievement, and for delivering on our promise in The Christiana Care Way.