At East Cooper Medical Center, we place the highest importance on patient safety and wellbeing. One of the most important ways we do that is with a robust infection prevention program.
Over 700,000 patients per year acquire an infection while hospitalized in the United States.
Nearly 10 percent of those patients will not survive. This staggering statistic is one that we take very seriously and we work hard to prevent our patients from acquiring infections while in our care.
Over the past three years, we have implemented new and innovative processes that guide physicians and nurses alike in their efforts to prevent patients from acquiring infections. We focus heavily on proper hand washing, safe surgical practices, good communication and compliance with state and federal guidelines. Our nurses are trained on an ongoing basis to care for our patients in the safest manner and to always keep the prevention of infection as a priority.
According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), East Cooper Medical Center is doing well in our efforts to prevent infection. We perform better than both the state of South Carolina and national averages in six categories of infection. Our rates demonstrate that we are exceeding expectations and managing hospital-acquired infections well.
For further information or any questions on infection prevention, please call (843) 416-6580.