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Patient Safety: Infection Prevention

Trust the staff at Mount Auburn Hospital to protect your and your loved ones’ health by taking steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in our facilities.

Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

If a patient gets an infection while being treated for another condition, that’s called a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). At Mount Auburn Hospital our staff provide safe care to you and your loved ones by consistently using infection-prevention procedures and precautions, including:

Help Prevent Infections

Learn what you can do to prevent infections at home and in the hospital.

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Sterilizing equipment between patients
  • Prescribing antibiotics responsibly
  • Using protective gloves, masks and gowns as appropriate
  • Staying up-to-date with immunizations
  • Following hospital guidelines when handling blood or contaminated items
  • Following infection control steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

A central line is a long, narrow tube that goes into a vein and ends at the heart. It’s used to provide nutrients and medicine or take blood samples. Central lines need special care to prevent serious infections. This data shows the number of central-line associated bloodstream infections compared with the national benchmark.

Mount Auburn Hospital .32%
State of Massachusetts Avg .47%
United States Avg .55%

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

Catheters collect urine from your bladder when you’re not able to use the bathroom. Catheters need special care to prevent serious urinary tract infections. This data shows the number of catheter-associated urinary tract infections compared with the national benchmark.

Mount Auburn Hospital 0.0%
State of Massachusetts Avg .71%
United States Avg .57%

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that’s resistant to certain antibiotics. Patients are tested for a bloodstream MRSA infection if they show symptoms while in the hospital. This data shows the number of positive MRSA tests compared with the national benchmark.

Mount Auburn Hospital .26%
State of Massachusetts Avg .59%
United States Avg .88%

Clostridium Difficile (C. diff.) Infections

Clostridium Difficile is a type of bacteria that infects the intestines, causing severe diarrhea and abdominal pain. Patients are tested for a C. diff. bacterial intestinal infection if they show symptoms, such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. This data shows the number of positive C. diff tests compared with the national benchmark.

Mount Auburn Hospital 1.14%
State of Massachusetts Avg .99%
United States Avg .92%

Preventing Influenza

Vaccination of health care personnel is not only associated with reduced flu risk and work absenteeism, but also with fewer deaths among elderly hospitalized patients. That’s why at Mount Auburn Hospital, you’ll see vaccination coverage levels that meet the U.S. Department of Health Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 goals for improving the nation’s health.

Health Care Personnel Immunization for Influenza

Mount Auburn Hospital 91%
State of Massachusetts Avg 88%
United States Avg 84%

Patient Immunization for Influenza

Mount Auburn Hospital 99%
State of Massachusetts Avg 93%
United States Avg 94%

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