In a season of joy, staff at Community Hospital of Huntington Park have another reason to celebrate.
As of mid-December, the hospital has marked the milestone of 12 months with no incidence of CLABSI or CAUTI infections among their patients.
Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and cather-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are hospital-acquired infections that can be dangerous for patients.
“Patient safety is our main goal in this push for no CLABSI and CAUTI,” said Analyn Libiran, R.N., nurse director for the medical surgical/telemetry department.
“Daily surveillance, adherence to our protocols, and, most of all, teamwork from all the staff made the difference,” she added.
Lance Uhles, R.N., director of the hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit, said, “Our patients deserve the best care available. We do no harm by using best practices – that is the basis for providing the best care.”
Uhles credited the nursing staff with the milestone achievement. “They strive to be the best, and their diligence in patient care has been the difference,” he said. “Analyn has been instrumental in this as well. She has worked so hard with her staff to always follow best practices in the care of our patients.”
Chief Nursing Officer Colleen Bauer, R.N., praised Uhles and Libiran for their leadership as well as the commitment of the Huntington Park team. “We are really proud of our staff for this track record in infection control – and we have to continue our dedication to this each and every day going forward.”