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Published on March 01, 2013

We’re fighting infections so our patients won’t have to

The entire Cottage team is 100% dedicated to preventing hospital-associated infection. Our Infection Prevention and Control Department spearheads this effort with evidence-based guidance.

How do we do it?

We wash our hands. A simple yet crucial step in preventing infection. Our compliance record is consistently in the top 10th percentile nationwide.

We track our progress. Our rates for inpatient and outpatient surgical site infections are currently 75% below the national rate

We’re dedicated. We test patients pre-operatively for Staph infection to decolonize the infection before any surgeries.

We’re vigilant. We follow every surgical patient for 90 days after any implant. If any infection occurs during that time, we document it and seek process improvements.

We aim for total elimination of infection.  We have not had one case of ventilator pneumonia in the Medical Intensive Care Unit in more than four years, or in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units in five years. We have reduced central line-associated (intravenous) infections to zero in the PICU and NICU for over a year.

We use the best technology. We use state-of-the-art UV lighting in air ducts throughout our hospitals to prevent microbial growth on air conditioning coils. 

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