Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

June 20, 2013

Hospitals update infection control practices

TAHLEQUAH — Infection control at health care facilities is a priority, as one out of every 20 hospital patients will acquire an infection during their stay.

Tens of thousands of patients die every year as a result of hospital-born infections, and many public health facilities combat the problem with new-patient screening measures and other infection-control practices.

A study published in May in the New England Journal of Medicine of more than 70,000 ICU patients housed in more than 40 U.S. hospitals suggests decontaminating every patient receiving intensive care will reduce bloodstream infections like MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. Patients were randomly assigned one of three treatments: MRSA screening and isolation; screening, isolation and decontamination of MRSA carriers only; and universal decontamination without screening.

All patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at W.W. Hastings Hospital are given a bath with a chlorhexidene wipe as part the screening process, said W.W. Hastings Infection Preventionist Jennifer Tredway.

“These wipes kill a broad spectrum of microorganisms and leaves a residual that inhibits their growth. We have further instituted a program ensuring mouth care and oral decontamination occurs,” she said. “Providing proper oral care for intubated or unconscious patients is essential in decreasing their risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia. We have accomplished decreasing bacterial colonization of the oropharangeal area by utilizing a CHG oral care kit.”

Patients targeted in the study were ICU patients who were older, sicker, weaker and more likely to become infected with dangerous bacteria, like the drug-resistant staph germ MRSA. The decontamination method included a five-day approach of providing ICU patients with a nose swab twice a day with bacteria-fighting ointment, as well as a once-a-day bath with antiseptic wipes. According to the researchers, the method made patients 40 percent less likely to acquire a bloodstream infection compared to patients who had been screened and isolated for MRSA.

Patients admitted to the Tahlequah City Hospital ICU receive a nasal swab to screen for MRSA colonization, said TCH Infection Control Officer Cheri Oglesbee.

“At TCH, the safety of every single patient and the success of their treatment is our top priority. Many in the community could have MRSA in their nose or on their skin and not know it [and] we do this simple swab to find out if it’s there. If the nasal culture is positive for MSRA, we offer decolonization,” she said.

For patients who are going to have a surgery like an open heart or total joint replacement, TCH surgeons will conduct the MRSA test a week or so before the scheduled procedure to allow time for decolonization, said Oglesbee.

“Decolonization takes five days. TCH follows the CDC recommendations for decolonization,” she said. “This includes putting antibiotic cream in the nose twice a day and bathing with chlorhexadine soap daily for five days.”

 

To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ts honor flight 1.tif Flight of honor

    World War II veteran Charles Harra flew missions for the Army Air Corps, and if you ask him which flight was his most memorable, he’ll say it was his 35th mission.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged after leading authorities on wild chase

    Prosecutors have formally charged a man who allegedly led authorities on a wild high-speed pursuit across Cherokee County in late March.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sex offender bonds out after failing to register

    A Cherokee County man is out on bond after being arrested last week for failing to register as a sex offender.

    April 17, 2014

  • jn radiator shop.jpg ‘Greenbelt’ progressing

    Crews this week began to demolish an abandoned radiator shop at the corner of South Street and Guinn Avenue.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ts slut walk.tif SlutWalk shines spotlight on crime

    “Two, four, six, eight, stop the violence, stop the rape; slut, slut, ho, ho, yes means yes and no means no!”
    This was the battle cry across the campus of Northeastern State University, as the student branch of the American Association of University Women held its third annual SlutWalk Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SR-TonsOffTahl-A.jpg Tribes, city, NSU launch Tons Off Tahlequah campaign

    When studies are conducted about whether Americans are living healthy lifestyles, Oklahoma often ranks poorly among the states.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ts-Trail-show-1.jpg Jackson takes prize

    Cherokee Heritage Center Museum Curator Mickel Yantz kicked off his 10th anniversary at the venue with the opening of the 43rd annual Trail of Tears Art Show this past Friday.
    “The Trail of Tears show was my first exhibit opening when I arrived 10 years ago,” said Yantz. “Since that time, the show has changed so dramatically; we’ve added so many new artists, and the art work has excelled over time. It’s like Christmas for me.”
    Yantz said he was exceptionally pleased with the opening reception.
    “We had a fantastic turnout,” said Yantz. “We had a lot of fun and sold some artwork, which is great for opening night.”
    The exhibit is on display at the Cherokee Heritage Center through May 26. This year’s show features 130 pieces of art spanning eight different categories, including basketry, graphics, jewelry, miniature, painting, pottery and sculpture.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • churchguy.jpg Some NSU students find Church of Monett offensive

    They turn heads every time they show up on campus, and some students at Northeastern State University are offended by their presence.
    The Church of Monett, Mo., has made periodic trips to Tahlequah to stage quiet demonstrations in public campus spaces in recent years. They carry signs that read, “Wives, Obey your Husbands,”; “To be Married to the divorced is Adultery”; and “Don’t be deceived: fornicators homosexuals idolaters adulterers thieves drunkards - shall not inherit God’s Kingdom.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Teen sent to hospital after being struck by tractor-trailer

    An 18-year-old Tahlequah man was struck by a tractor-trailer early Tuesday morning on the State Highway 51 bypass near Mimosa Lane.
    Tahlequah Police Capt. Tom Jones said officers responded to the scene at about 5:40 a.m., when Sage Sohns was found injured and lying in the road. A medical helicopter responded to the scene to transport Sohns to a Tulsa hospital, where he was being treated for a closed-head injury, police said.

    April 16, 2014

  • TPS board hears architect presentations for cafeteria

    Members of the Tahlequah Public Schools Board of Education heard from four architectural firms seeking a contract for construction at Cherokee Elementary School.
    TPS plans to build a cafeteria-auditorium and a music room with a stage, which may also serve as a safe room during storms.

    April 16, 2014

Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Stocks