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Patient Safety

Patient Safety

Patient safety is a priority for the Almonte General Hospital (AGH), including efforts to prevent and control in-hospital infections. As part of its efforts to keep the public informed, AGH posts regular patient safety reports on its website.

AGH C. difficile Infection Rates

C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) is a bacteria. C. difficile-associated Disease is one of the most common infections found in hospitals. Each Ontario hospital is required to provide monthly updates of its C. difficile Infection Rate. A hospital's C. difficile Infection Rate is calculated as follows: The number of new hospital-acquired cases of C. difficile times 1,000, divided by the hospital's total number of patient days for one month*. The Almonte General Hospital began posting its C. difficile infection rates in September 2008.

 

2015

2016

2017

January

0

0

0

February

0

0

0

March

0

0

0

April

0

0

0

May

0

0

0

June

0

0

0

July

0

0

0

August

0

0

 

September

0

0

 

October

0

0

 

November

0

0

 

December

0

0

 

* The total number of days that services were provided to all in-patients during that month, excluding patient days for those patients less than one year of age.

AGH MRSA Infection Rates

S. aureus is a germ that lives on the skin and mucous membranes of healthy people. Occasionally, S. aureus can cause an infection. When S. aureus develops resistance to certain antibiotics, it is called methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

Each Ontario hospital is required to provide monthly updates of its MRSA Infection Rate. MRSA bacteraemia rates are determined by the number of patients newly diagnosed with hospital-acquired MRSA bacteraemia, divided by the number of patient days in that month, and multiplied by 1,000. Patient days are the number of days spent in a hospital for all patients.

The Almonte General Hospital began posting its MRSA Infection Rates in September 2008.

 

2015

2016

2017

January

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0

0

February

0

0

0

March

0

0

0

April

0

0

0

May

0

0

0

June

0

0

0

July

0

0

0

August

0

0

 

September

0

0

 

October

0

0

 

November

0

0

 

December

0

0

 

AGH VRE Infection Rates

Enterococci are a type of bacteria normally present in the human intestines and in the environment. These bacteria can sometimes cause infections. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is often used to treat infections caused by enterococci. In some instances, enterococci have become resistant to this drug and are therefore called vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE).

Each Ontario hospital is required to provide monthly updates of its VRE Infection Rate. VRE bacteraemia rates are determined by the number of patients newly diagnosed with hospital-acquired VRE bacteraemia, divided by the number of patient days in that month, and multiplied by 1,000. Patient days are the number of days spent in a hospital for all patients.

The Almonte General Hospital began posting its VRE Infection Rates in September 2008.

 

2015

2016

2017

January

0

0

0

February

0

0

0

March

0

0

0

April

0

0

0

May

0

0

0

June

0

0

0

July

0

0

0

August

0

0

 

September

0

0

 

October

0

0

 

November

0

0

 

December

0

0

 

AGH Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates

Proper hand hygiene is the single most effective way of reducing health care associated infections. As part of its ongoing patient safety initiative, Ontario requires all hospitals to monitor and report hand hygiene compliance rates in their facilities so the most appropriate infection prevention and control measures can be put in place. Hospitals use this information to ensure they're maintaining the highest possible standards of patient safety.

Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates

Fiscal Year

Before initial contact with a patient/ patient’s environment

After contact with the patient’s environment

2014-2015

92.93%

90.43%

2015-2016

94.92%

91.73%

2016-2017

92.48%

93.33%

AGH Surgical Safety Checklist

Ontario is enhancing patient safety by requiring all hospitals to use a surgical safety checklist. The surgical safety checklist - which covers the most common tasks and items that operating room teams carry out - has been shown to reduce rates of deaths and complications among patients. Some of the items included are the review of test results, administration of antibiotics and post-surgery recovery plans.

 

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2017

Compliance %

100%

100%

100%

100%

Health Quality Ontario Public Indicators

AGH’s public safety indicators are reported through Health Quality Ontario (HQO). To learn more about HQO, as well as AGH’s patient safety public reporting, please visit the HQO website at http://www.hqontario.ca/System-Performance/Hospital-Patient-Safety-Performance

 

How can I find out more?

To find out more about C. difficile, CDAD, MRSA, VRE and efforts to improve patient safety in Ontario hospitals, visit www.health.gov.on.ca and click on "Patient Safety".