Hood Memorial Hospital

Hood Memorial Hospital began 2020 with a mission to decrease hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) at their facility by 50%. They smashed that goal, decreasing HAIs by a whopping 75% - a full 25% more than their original target.

The project began in 2019 when the Amite-based healthcare facility evaluated non-invasive mobile patient equipment. The evaluation was inspired by findings from two recent studies that linked such equipment to a higher rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

The CDC reports that HAIs in U.S. hospitals have direct medical costs of at least $28.4 billion each year. Such infections can cause healthcare complications and extend a patient’s hospital stay.

Hood Memorial staff realized that they had an opportunity to protect high-risk patients in their facility. They invested in new blood pressure machines also capable of capturing pulse and oxygen saturation that use disposable blood pressure cuffs in 2020. This eliminated the need to share blood pressure equipment and decreased traffic to high-risk patient rooms.

The updated equipment now allows staff to spend more time with patients by decreasing the amount of time that the routine task of obtaining vital signs incurred. A post-project staff survey also noted increased productivity and satisfaction among staff members.

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