- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—WARRENSBURG — Western Missouri Medical Center had a zero rate for four types of infections for more than three years, Chief Nursing Officer Darinda Reberry said Friday.

Reberry presented an infection control update at the WMMC Board of Trustees meeting.

She said the hospital had a “zero rate” for central line associated blood stream infection for 39 months. CLABS is an infection from an intravenous line placed in one of the body’s large blood vessels.

She said the hospital also had a zero rate for catheter associated urinary tract infections for 37 months.

Zero rates also were recorded for hospital-acquired C Difficile infection, a GI infection acquired while hospitalized, and for hospital-acquired MRSA infection acquired while hospitalized. MRSA, methicillin resistance Staph Aureis, is an antibiotic resistant organism.

Reberry said the information “is a nice picture of all the staff do” to prevent infections, including the environmental staff who “keep everything clean” and doctors and nurses who are diligent about washing their hands.

She said the effort at infection prevention “is a whole-hospital focus.”

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