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Anne Arundel Medical Centerís med/surg unit receives patient safety award

Monday June 3, 2013
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The med/surg unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., recently received a Circle of Honor Award from the Maryland Patient Safety Center. The center recognizes hospitals and health systems for its progress in advancing a culture of safety for patients, families and staff, according to a news release.

AAMCís med/surg unit won the award for their work in preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

"We are always looking for ways to eliminate preventable harm for every patient," Christine Frost, RN, AAMCís director of the med/surg unit, said in the release. "The model we developed for prevention resulted in a full year with no infections and the positive trend continues."

The med/surg unit CAUTI team used evidence-based practices and rounded with nurses and staff each month conducting situational analysis regarding patients. The team worked closely with infection control to review trends and develop plans for catheter removal, a key factor in their success, according to the release.

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