Posted: May 13th, 2021
NRMC Named as One of Only 332 Hospitals in the Nation to Achieve A Zero Harm Rating for CAUTI
According to data from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) has been listed as having one of the lowest rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in the nation. Recently released 2019 data shows a total, 2,203 hospitals received a numeric calculation of the standardized infection ratio for catheter associated urinary tract infections from CMS. Overall, only 332 hospitals nationwide had a score of zero, and NRMC was one of them.
“Preventing CAUTI is paramount when caring for hospital patients with catheters. Sadly, CAUTI is one of the most common causes of sepsis deaths in U.S. hospitals, and to a large extent this urinary system infection can be prevented.” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer. “At NRMC Zero Harm drives everything we do. We are pleased to achieve this distinction on preventing CAUTI, but what matters most is that we continue to provide outstanding care so that our patients do well while in our care. We will remain vigilant and committed to our goal of Zero Harm, including maintaining a score of Zero for CAUTI. I want to thank our nursing team for this their diligence, clinical expertise and commitment. This Zero Harm Rating is a major accomplishment, and we want to recognize Sarah LaCour, Jami Bryant, and Dr. Ronnie Ursin along with all of our nursing leaders throughout NRMC.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 75% of urinary infections affecting the urethra, bladder, ureters and kidney, that are acquired in a hospital setting are associated with the use of a catheter. While the length of time a catheter is used is one the greatest risk factors for developing a CAUTI, other risks include patient age, catheter insertion, appropriate placement and care, and monitoring.