Carroll Hospital Center was recently named an exemplar hospital by the
Institute for Healthcare Improvement for its successful initiatives in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) as a participant in the IHI’s Project JOINTS Initiative.
Carroll Hospital Center is one of only two Maryland hospitals to receive this designation. Project JOINTS (Joining Organizations IN Tackling SSIs) is a federally funded initiative designed to spread information regarding effective methods to prevent SSIs following hip and knee replacement surgery.
As part of the initiative, Carroll Hospital Center successfully implemented various protocols to comply with the evidenced-based interventions outlined by Project JOINTS. These included conducting MRSA testing on hip and knee replacement surgery patients before their procedure, providing patient education and giving patients special sponges with which to shower each of the four days prior to and on the day of their surgery.