Focus: Infection Control

Oregon hospital lauded for infection-control efforts

January 12, 2018

Oregon's Samaritan Albany General Hospital has been named the least infected facility among 61 hospitals in the state for 2016, according to an article on the Albany Democrat-Herald website.

For its rankings, The Portland Business Journal used data about five types of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) provided to the Oregon Health Authority by each of the hospitals.

“We had five total in-hospital infections in 2016,” Dan Keteri, the hospital’s vice president of patient care, said in the article.. “That’s out of thousands of patient days. Our emergency department sees more than 30,000 patients alone every year. Four of the infections were clostridium difficile (C. diff)."

To attack the C. diff., Samaritan Albany added a misting system to its room sanitation protocol.

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