Abbeville Area Medical Center Receives Award of Excellence for Infection Control Quality Improvement Project
The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) has bestowed an Award of Excellence to Abbeville Area Medical Center (AAMC) for their work in a 2008-2011 quality improvement project to reduce Methicillin-resistant Staphlylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) setting. The award recognizes AAMC’s commitment to quality improvement and exceptional performance in successfully preventing hospital-acquired MRSA during the project’s scope of work. AAMC has had no MRSA infections in its ICU setting since 2008. CCME, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for South Carolina, collaborated with 39 acute care and critical access hospitals in South Carolina on the project. Of those, 11 received the excellence award.
“We work very hard to provide a safe environment for our patients,” stated Laura Baughman, RN, AAMC’s Infection Control Nurse. “AAMC has a very low overall infection rate due to its conscientious and diligent physicians and nurses.”
MRSA is a serious type of staph infection that commonly occurs in hospitals and other health care facilities, appearing around patients’ surgical wounds or invasive devices such as catheters or implanted feeding tubes. MRSA is resistant to common antibiotics, though treatable with other drugs and medical procedures. An estimated 1.2 million hospital patients in the United States are infected with MRSA each year.
“CCME was privileged to work with such a dedicated infection control team at AAMC,” said Theresa Seaburg, RHIT, CCS, CCME Care Improvement Supervisor. “They have demonstrated full commitment to maintaining a MRSA-free environment for the safety and well being of their patients.”