Customer Reports Ranks Centennial Hills as best hospital in area at avoiding infections

Wednesday, July 29, 2015|3 a.m.

Centennial Hills Health center is a regional leader in preventing potentially lethal infections, according to a Consumer Reports analysis of the area’s medical centers launched Wednesday. A number of other regional medical facilities didn’t do also.

The medical facility in the valley’s far northwest fared best in the research, which took a look at the rate of infections including MRSA, C. difficile, central-line, catheter-urinary tract and medical site.

7 other local hospitals– MountainView, North Vista, St. Rose Dominican-San Martin Campus, St. Rose Dominican-Siena Campus, Summerlin, Valley and University Medical Center– got lower general marks.

Ranking near the middle of infection avoidance were Desert Spring Medical facility Medical Center, Mesa View Regional Hospital, Southern Hills Health center and Medical Center, Spring Valley Healthcare facility Medical Center, St. Rose Dominican-Rose de Lima School and Sunrise Healthcare facility and Medical Center.

Customer Reports expanded its scores this year to include MRSA and C. difficile, which integrated kill more than 35,000 patients each year in the United States. The publication utilized Centers for Illness Control and Prevention information from more than 3,000 healthcare facilities in between October 2013 and September 2014, the most recent readily available, to produce the scores.

“High rates for MRSA and C. diff can be a red flag that a health center isn’t really following the best practices in avoiding infections and recommending prescription antibiotics,” Doris Peter, director of Consumer Reports’ Health Scores Center, stated in a statement.

Centennial Hills Hospital, situated near Durango Drive and U.S. 95, was among nine health centers nationwide that got the near-perfect ratings throughout all infection categories; nevertheless, the analysis kept in mind that the information may be skewed since of low client volume.

Other crucial takeaways from the report:

Valley Health center got the the most affordable score for MRSA infections, indicating it was more than 100 percent worse than the nationwide standard set by the CDC based on historic data. University Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, North Vista Medical facility, Summerlin Hospital and Spring Valley Healthcare facility got the second-lowest rating for preventing MRSA infections.

The majority of Southern Nevada healthcare facilities got the second-lowest score for avoiding C. difficile infections. Those medical facilities consisted of Desert Springs Hospital, MountainView Health center, Southern Hills Hospital, St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Rose de Lima School, St. Rose Dominican Hospital-San Martin Campus, St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena School, Summerlin Health center, Dawn Healthcare facility and Valley Medical facility.

No Southern Nevada healthcare facilities received low ratings for preventing central-line infections. All scored average or better.

The scores weren’t all very for the area’s healthcare facilities, but Southern Nevada locals should take solace in this finding: Some of the nation’s most high-profile medical facilities, including the Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins Health center, Mount Sinai Medical facility and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, got low scores for avoiding MRSA, C. difficile or both infections.

In a statement launched in response to the scores, University Medical Center authorities stated the medical facility’s new management has actually made offering the highest level of quality of care its leading priority. “Our newest quarterly data reveal specific improvement in catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates,” UMC spokeswoman Danita Cohen said in the statement. “And a multidisciplinary group of nursing, administration and medical personnel have promoted active advocate preventing infections by integrating finest clinical practices, such as multidisciplinary clinical rounding, resulting in improved outcomes.”

Dr. Robert Pretzlaff, chief medical officer of Self-respect Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, said that recent progress made by the healthcare facilities might not be reflected in the information. In recent months, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals have actually improved in a variety of the classifications evaluated by Customer Reports, consisting of central-line, catheter-urinary system and surgical site infections, he said.

“If the data were current, we would look much better,” Pretzlaff stated.

Demands for remark to the other healthcare facility in the area were not returned as of press time.

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