Fort Worth-Area Hospital garners award in non-research, non-teaching category
(AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 22, 2019) The Texas Hospital Association awarded Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford the Bill Aston Award for Quality in the non-research, non-teaching hospital category for its work to reduce the number of surgical site infections as a result of Cesarean section surgeries, demonstrating a commitment and success in quality and patient safety improvement worthy of state-wide recognition. Fraser Hay, FACHE, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, accepted the award on behalf of the hospital Feb. 22 at the 2019 THA Annual Conference and Expo in Austin.
The THA Bill Aston Award for Quality honors a hospital’s measurable success in improving quality and patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative.
“This is a critical issue to improve maternal health across the state and we are pleased to recognized Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB for its innovative approach,” said Ted Shaw, THA president and CEO. “The team embodies the values and commitment to improve quality and patient safety embodied by the THA Bill Aston Award for Quality.”
“Safety is our top priority,” said Texas Health Harris Methodist Hurst-Euless Bedford Hospital President Fraser Hay, FACHE. “Our commitment to continuous improvement is evident through this innovative program at Texas Health HEB which has reduced Caesarean section surgical site infections by nearly 50 percent in 2017, and our 2018 numbers show a similar success rate. We’re proud of our care team’s commitment to improving the health of the people we are privileged to serve, and we are pleased at this recognition of their dedicated work.”
Over a period of a few years, the hospital had already made great strides in reducing the number of C-section infections but continued to strive for better numbers. They found the greatest inconsistency in care was wound closure and dressing choice. The 2017 year-over-year hospital’s success rate shows a nearly 50 percent reduction in the number of surgical site infections, and preliminary 2018 numbers are on track for similar rates of success, according to hospital personnel.
Hospital personnel developed a system wherein specific, innovative dressings were used for patients with different infection risk factors such as hypertension or diabetes. They also focused on the use of silver for its antimicrobial benefits and on the reduction of seroma formation.