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Patient Safety Index - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Phoebe is committed to protecting our patients from injuries and infections. We are also committed to providing transparency on our outcomes and how we are proactively improving our processes.
A healthcare associated infection (HAI) is an infection that occurs after a patient has been in a healthcare facility receiving care. This can occur in a hospital, long term care facility, outpatient surgery center or others.
Why is it important: According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 25 hospitalized patients will get an infection as a result of the care they receive. Research shows that specific steps can be implemented to prevent specific HAI and the infection rates will decrease.
How we’re creating better outcomes: Providing patients and caregivers education on preventing the infection, risk factors, signs and symptoms to report and incorporating evidence based best practice into our daily routines.  Among other things, this includes identifying patients who are at higher risk for these infections, early removal of devices that increase the risk of infection, and adhering to infection prevention techniques. Additionally, we have dedicated work group teams that carefully monitor these infections and perform a detailed analysis of each infection to ensure we are taking every step to reduce the number of infections that occur.
Phoebe's Data versus Nationally Reported Data: The numbers that are included represent the most real-time data available through May 2019. Other national reporting sites share data comprised of averages spanning multiple years and is typically 2 to 4 years old. We submit this data quarterly to the National Health Safety Network (NHSN), which is the organization Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extracts their publically reported data from. There are very specific criteria for what is defined as a HAI which we adhere to as we follow.

Patient Safety Index Measures

Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff)


Central Line-assiciated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)


Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)


Falls with Injury