LAMMICO Honors Two Hospitals with 6th Annual Patient Safety Award and Grant

August 12, 2021 by matray

LAMMICO recently honored St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette, Louisiana, with its 6th Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant for its work preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). Urinary tract infections are one of the five most common types of healthcare-associated infections. CAUTIs have been associated with increased risks, increased morbidity, mortality, hospital cost and length of stay.

By demonstrating the most effective methods employed to prevent CAUTIs after completing LAMMICO's risk management and patient safety education, St. Bernard Parish Hospital was awarded a:

  • $10,000 grant to be used for nursing professional development

  • One-year Risk Manager membership to the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)

  • One-year complimentary membership to Medical Interactive Community for all employees to access our risk management CME/CNE/MOC courses online


St. Bernard Parish Hospital assessed their Foley catheter utilization trends and identified opportunities to decrease usage. Providers and nursing staff were re-educated regarding standard operating procedures and Foley removal protocol. An action plan was developed and implemented to decrease Foley utilization and improve urine culture practices. Over a year, their CAUTI rate improved significantly.

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was named the second-place participant of the Patient Safety Award and Grant. They reviewed and then rewrote their urinary catheterization policy and created a urinary catheter insertion and removal competency checklist included with the revised policy. A grant of $5,000 to be used for nursing professional development was presented to this hospital in recognition of their second-place honor.

LAMMICO commends these two hospitals and all others who submitted award applications, for their commitment to improving patient safety.  

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