Rochester General Hospital Named an Exemplar Hospital by Institute for Healthcare Improvement

September 7, 2011

Rochester General Hospital located in New York State has been named an exemplar hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for work related to infection prevention according to a news release issued by the hospital.

The hospital is a participant in the IHI’s Project Joints (Joining Organizations in Tackling Surgical Site Infection) Initiative. In a letter sent to the hospital by IHI, IHI stated “We commend your practices, specifically in alcohol skin prep. We also thank you for your willingness to help your fellow Project JOINTS participants. Your organization’s willingness to share your invaluable hands-on-experience with others will help make hip and knee surgery safer for patients across the country.”

Rochester General Hospital has been recognized for developing a comprehensive surgical site infection prevention plan in orthopaedic surgery. This plan utilizes the best available evidence and translates that evidence into checklists and protocols which can easily be implemented on all patients. This has resulted in an over 50% reduction in orthopaedic surgical site infections.

“We are honored to be asked to collaborate with other healthcare providers to help reduce hospital infection rates,” said Edward Tanner MD, Chief of Orthopaedics at Rochester General Hospital. “This effort is all about providing the best patient care possible.” The IHI Project JOINTS initiative includes 57 hospitals in New York State and dozens across the country.

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