Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, Florida (October 23, 2012) – Medical Center of Trinity and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announce that a comprehensive new study conducted exclusively at Medical Center of Trinity and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and 41 other HCA-affiliated hospitals, concluded that using antimicrobial soap and ointment on intensive care unit patients reduces bloodstream infections, including MRSA, by 44 percent.
The use of antimicrobial agents on an entire patient population is referred to as universal decolonization. The study, known as Randomized Evaluation of Decolonization Versus Universal Clearance to Eliminate (REDUCE) MRSA, was conducted in conjunction with investigators at Harvard and several other academic institutions, and research programs at two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The results of REDUCE MRSA are being released for the first time today at IDWeek 2012™, an annual meeting of infectious disease organizations that convenes leading researchers to showcase the latest developments in the field. The findings suggest a major change in healthcare practice that could save lives. HCA is rolling out universal decolonization in its adult intensive care units, and implementation is expected to be completed at virtually all HCA affiliates in early 2013.
“The REDUCE MRSA study proved convincingly that universal decolonization is the best practice to prevent infection from MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria in high risk ICU patients,” said Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, President, Clinical and Physician Services Group and Chief Medical Officer of HCA. “By bathing patients with chlorhexidine antiseptic soap and swabbing their noses with mupirocin antibiotic ointment, central line bloodstream infections caused by MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be reduced. These compelling results convinced us to begin implementing this protocol in HCA hospital ICUs.”
The study, which involved nearly 75,000 patients and more than 280,000 patient days in 74 adult ICUs located in 16 states, compared the results of three approaches in ICUs:
· Screen all patients and isolate MRSA carriers
· Targeted decolonization after screening
· Universal decolonization
Investigators found that using universal decolonization reduced the number of patients harboring MRSA by 37 percent. Patients harboring MRSA are not sick because of it, but they are at risk for later illness and for spreading it to others. All bloodstream infections decreased by 44 percent. The researchers noted that this trial took place in Medical Center of Trinity, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and 41 other HCA facilities, mostly in community hospitals, rather than academic institutions and was conducted by hospital personnel rather than specially trained research staff. Therefore, unlike some clinical studies, these results are likely to be applicable to nearly all U.S. hospitals.
REDUCE MRSA was a collaborative effort. The study concept and design was created by investigators in the CDC’s Prevention Epicenter Program at the University of California, Irvine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School, Rush University and Washington University in St. Louis. AHRQ’s Healthcare Associated Infections program provided funding, and the research was conducted through AHRQ’s Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DECIDE) network. The research was conducted across 43 HCA hospitals.
“This unprecedented partnership has yielded information that not only makes preventing MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria simpler and more effective, it sets a new standard for responsible infection prevention,” said Perlin.
About Medical Center of Trinity
Medical Center of Trinity is a 236 bed, state-of-the-art, all-private room hospital strategically located in the tri-county area of Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough Counties. The facility is located at 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, FL 34655, near the intersection of State Road (SR) 54 and Little Road. Medical Center of Trinity clinical and acute-care programs include:
Medical Center of Trinity is an Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center and is recognized among the nation’s top performers on four key quality measures – heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care by The Joint Commission— the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Cancer Care program is an Accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
For more information on Medical Center of Trinity, visit www.MedicalCenterTrinity.com or call (727) 834-4000. “Follow us” on Twitter, or “Like Us” on Facebook.
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have more than 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.
RMCBP has been approved by the Florida Department of Health, Office of Trauma, as a Provisional Level 2 Trauma Center. This designation means critically injured patients may have access to treatment in the “golden hour.” This is the first hour after a serious injury in which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical attention will prevent death. Through an affiliation with the University of South Florida Health, RMCBP has the support of a major academic university and medical school. A Trauma Center in our community means faster treatment to improve patient outcomes and keep patients close to home and their loved ones.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
· Recipient of the 2012 American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award in both heart failure and stroke.
· Recipient of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing a higher standard of heart attack care that improves the survival and outcomes for STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.
· Top Performing Hospital, the Joint Commission – recognized as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals in quality measurements for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
· Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center – Joint Commission
· Accredited Chest Pain Center, with PCI – Society of Chest Pain Centers for Cycle I, II and III
· Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2011
· MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited – American College of Radiology
· Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program – American College of Surgeons.
· 10 Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certifications: primary stroke center, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, joint replacement hip, joint replacement knee, lung cancer, pneumonia, wound care!
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit RMCHealth.com or HeartofTampa.com. Or visit us on Facebook.