Hospital Publishes Patient Safety Indicators

Smiths Falls, ON – The first province-wide publication of Clostridium difficile – associated disease (C.difficile) rates for all Ontario hospitals occurred on September 26th.  The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) welcomes the increased transparency around the important issue of infection prevention and control.  AThe real benefit of public reporting is that it ensures that we collect and report information in a consistent manner in all hospitals across the province@, stated Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO.

While hospitals= C. difficile rates will obviously fluctuate from month to month, and trends will not be available until more province-wide data is published, a consistent rate of A0″ is the goal.  Good hand-washing by everyone is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like C. difficile.  Lab and Infection Control Manger Mary Lu Sample stated, AThe goal of all infection prevention and control programs is ultimately the protection of the patients, staff and visitors. Through public reporting, we are able to standardize surveillance activities and provide the public with a better understanding of how these diseases occur and the factors that influence them.@

Prevention and control of C.difficile and other antibiotic-resistant infections is a priority for PSFDH.  The hospital has launched various educational initiatives across the organization, and is actively participating in the province -wide Just Clean Your Hands program.  The latest Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee Best Practices on the management of C. difficile are also in place and regularly monitored.

In future months additional indicators will be reported.  By the end of December, PSFDH will be posting  rates for two other patient safety indicators: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE).  In April of 2009, the final requirements for reporting will include surgical site infections and the results of hand hygiene audits.

For more information contact:

Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext:1130

Great War Memorial Site
33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
Smiths Falls Site
60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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