Our Lady of the Lake has received national recognition for its excellence in preventing hospital-associated infections (HAI). The Baton Rouge-based hospital was one of only two medical centers in the U.S. to be recognized for its dedication and high-quality work in protecting patients against the risk of infection.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care honored Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in the Clinician’s Choice category of the fourth annual HAI WATCHDOG Awards. The announcement lauded the hospital’s infection control and safety teams, highlighting their efforts to prevent infection through the use of staff and patient education as well as the use of best practices among clinicians.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Kimberly-Clark Health Care,” said Dr. Catherine O’Neal, medical director of infection control for Our Lady of the Lake. “In the last two years we have worked hard to ensure that our hospital-acquired infections have remained below the national mean. We are pleased with the results and look forward to continuing to work with our quality experts in building a sustainable system of infection prevention.”
Dr. O’Neal credits the hospital’s success to a system of management and prevention that was developed collaboratively by physicians and hospital staff members. Quick identification of a hospital-acquired condition enables team members to begin an immediate investigation into the cause of an infection. The team then incorporates opportunities that have been identified into education sessions with nursing staff to “hardwire” process improvements.
The Clinician’s Choice Award category recognizes HAI prevention initiatives that help educate and build awareness without directly tracking HAI rates. Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia was also recognized for their efforts to reduce and prevent hospital-associated infections. Both winners were awarded an educational grant.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care, a company that provides various healthcare products, created the HAI WATCHDOG Awards in recognition of HAI champions who are making a difference in reducing and preventing serious, often life-threatening infections. The goal of the awards is to help publicize HAI prevention initiatives and empower healthcare providers to share and learn from each other.