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Valley Children’s recognized for preventing health care-associated infection

The front entrance area of the main complex at Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera seen on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
The front entrance area of the main complex at Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera seen on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

Valley Children’s Hospital officials said Friday the hospital has been ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country in preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

The infection, which is harmful and often painful, is one of the most common health care-related infections.

Valley Children’s was recognized for marking a year without one of the catheter-associated infections, officials said. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network tracks and monitors healthcare-associated infections.

The Madera hospital evaluates patients with catheters daily to determine whether the device is still medically necessary. As soon as an interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists, nurses and infection prevention experts determines the device is not needed, it is removed.

Dr. Karen Dahl, Valley Children’s vice president for quality and patient safety, said: “This shows that by doing the right thing, day after day, child after child, we can improve the outcomes for our patients. We’re serious about patient safety, and we won’t take shortcuts. We work together as a team with the goal of zero harm for every patient every day.”

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