SageWest Health Care recognized for achieving zero hospital acquired infections for third consecutive year

June 26, 2015

For the third consecutive year, SageWest Health Care was recognized by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and Wyoming Infection Prevention Advisory Group for achieving excellence in infection prevention during the fifth Annual Infection Prevention Conference in Casper, Wyoming earlier this spring.

SageWest achieved zero central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections in 2014.

 Several Wyoming hospitals are committed to reporting at least one unit to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) national healthcare acquired infection database and to implement research-based best practices. All Wyoming critical access hospitals and Prospective Payment System hospitals are voluntarily reporting these numbers, which reflects their dedication to providing the best patient care possible.

“We’re extremely proud of our continuous record in both hospitals,” Steve Erixon, CEO at SageWest, said. “This is a testament to the dedication of all our team members to provide quality care to our communities.”

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting and data program, statistically calculates risk adjusted predictions of how many hospital-acquired infections would occur in each hospital.  Wyoming hospitals consistently have fewer infections than predicted and continue work to decrease the infections that occur. SageWest, along with other Wyoming hospitals, demonstrates their dedication to reducing healthcare associated infections by exceeding national goals and acheving zero CLABSI and C. difficile infections.