With more than 500,000 Americans being diagnosed with surgical site infections annually, knowing that the quality of surgery that you are receiving is top notch can be a comforting fact. One way of knowing the quality of a hospital is the awards it houses that remind you that you are in good hands. The Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital has a new award to remind people that the chances of them getting a surgical infection are less than usual.

The LSSH received a Capstone Quality Award from the National Surgical Care Improvement Project.

The one year project was aimed at achieving a 99% compliance rate with antibiotic cases for orthopedic and neurosurgery cases.  It only took the hospital five months to reach their goal.

“The accomplishment stemmed from our participation in a national surgical care improvement project (SCIP) sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,” said CEO Buffy Domingue.

After giving the doctors one on one improvement interviews, the physicians responded appropriately and began improving towards the goal of the project immediately. “Improvement was instant once we implemented the new order sets, it was a great feeling of accomplishment to see success immediately through such a small change,” said project manager Ruth Sonnier.