Local Hospital Preventing Infections

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 21, 2008

Patients at the Sutter Roseville Medical Center have not had any bloodstream infections in the last two years. Hospital officials say that’s because nurses are following specific guidelines for giving patients medicine through their veins.

Sophie Harnage is the nurse with Sutter who developed the system.

Harnage: “We do this day after day, with no exceptions, and I believe that’s what’s led to the success, is the consistency and reliability.” 
Harnage says the guidelines tell nurses exactly where to insert the central line catheter. They also emphasize protective clothing and team work.

She says the teams have inserted more than 3,000 lines with no patient infections. Harnage says before this practice started, in 2005, Sutter Roseville had 11 patient infections. Now she says hospitals around the country are taking notice of Sutter’s success.