WRMC Receives Award for Surgical Care Best Practices

October 6, 2017

On September 29, 2017, Watertown Regional Medical Center (WRMC) accepted a certificate of merit from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health for surgical care best practices.  The award is based on implementation and measured compliance of best practices to reduce and eliminate surgical site infections.  WRMC was the only hospital in the region to be recognized and in the top 10% of hospitals in the state of Wisconsin.

“This recognition is a testament to the dedication our team has to keeping our patients safe”, says Director of Quality Cathy Batzner.  Surgical site infections are one of the most frequently reported type of healthcare acquired infections in Wisconsin.  We are thrilled that our best practices and results from those practices ranked so highly in the state.”

WRMC’s achievement was due in part to the execution of perioperative policies related antibiotic administration and the implementation of a “nose to toes” approach to surgical cleansing (which includes wipes, nasal swabs, and mouth rinse with a chlorhexidine solution) before, during and after surgery.  This, along with team’s strong support, has positively impacted patient care.

“This is a great accomplishment for WRMC,” said Chief Nursing Officer Isabelle Garibaldi.  “We are happy to add it to our list of exceptional quality outcomes and will continue to deliver exceptional care and improve patient outcomes.”