Oswego Hospital has low infection rate

Several innovative programs have helped Oswego Hospital lower the rate of its hospital-acquired conditions to one of the lowest in Central New York.

According to a report recently released by Kaiser Health News, Oswego Hospital has a hospital-acquired condition score of 1.7. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services assessed hospitals’ rates of infections in patients with catheters in major veins and their bladders, as well as eight other patient injuries, including bed sores.

Using this data from July 2012 to June 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services calculated a preliminary hospital-acquired conditions score from one to 10, with the higher number indicating the hospital had a greater rate of patient harm.

Hospitals that score above seven are expected to be penalized, losing one percent of each Medicare payment from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015.

“At Oswego Hospital, the physicians and staff are constantly working to improve the quality of care and enhance patient safety,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Renato Mandanas.

“We have put several programs in place which have been very successful and we will continue to build on these programs,” he said. “Our expectation is that all our patients will experience excellent quality care and at the same time enjoy a pleasant customer service experience, as we want to continue to be our community’s healthcare provider of choice.”

To continue improvement of its patient quality of care, Oswego Hospital has collaborated with Excellus through its supported program, Bordering on Zero.

This initiative assisted the healthcare facility in nearly eliminating the occurrence of pressure ulcers during a patient’s hospital stay. Because of this success, Excellus awarded Oswego Hospital $56,361, as part of the health insurer’s Hospital Performance Incentive Program.

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