St.Vincent Awarded 2014 Quality Achievement Award from the National Association of Long Term Hospitals

Indiana-based organizations collaborate to reduce hospital acquired infection rates by 49 percent.

Ashley Keebler

INDIANAPOLIS - St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis and Xavier University in Cincinnati were awarded the 2014 Quality Achievement Award - Honorable Mention from the National Association of Long Term Hospitals. This award was earned for a groundbreaking quality improvement initiative using Indiana-based Trinity Guardion's launderable mattress cover system to prevent serious hospital-acquired infections.

The faith-based hospitals were able to reduce the number of most common and most serious hospital acquired infections, Clostridium difficille (C. diff), by 49 percent over the past year when compared with the pre-intervention rate of infection.

"We are honored to be recognized by this national organization for quality achievement," said Troy Reiff, RN, chief operations officer at St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospitals. "The collaboration with Trinity Guardion and Xavier University demonstrate our commitment toward providing the safest environment for those we serve."

St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital, accredited by The Joint Commission, worked for three years assisting Trinity Guardion in the development of the mattress covers and laundry processes through a clinical trial period, and was the first in the United States to implement the Trinity Guardion technology one year ago.

Research by Xavier University found that hospital-wide implementation of Trinity Guardion's launderable mattress covers had both a positive clinical and financial impact on hospital operations, saving an estimated $213,092 per year.

With this one-of-a-kind protection system, patients at St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospitals benefit from mattresses where no pathogenic bacteria can survive and also are not exposed to any residual chemicals previously used to disinfect the mattresses. In addition, the mattress covers provide a cooler, more comfortable bed surface for patients.

St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital offers specialized treatment programs and aggressive clinical and therapeutic intervention on a 24/7 basis. The faith-based hospital provides care for patients often critically ill who require more specialized treatment programs and intensive nursing intervention.

Services offered range from ventilator management, complex infusion therapy, intensive respiratory therapy, complex wound care and infusion therapy. These types of services are offered for patients who are recovering from complicated strokes, renal failure, multi-system failure, pulmonary/medical rehabilitation, complex wounds and surgery and more.

For more information on the Trinity Guardian Bed Protection System, visit trinityguardion.com.

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About St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital
St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital is a long-term acute care facility, with two convenient locations in Indianapolis and Lafayette. Both facilities serve medically complex inpatients who require extended hospital stays of 25 days or more. In Indianapolis, the location encompasses a 66,000-square-foot hospital with 74 beds. In Lafayette, the location includes 30 beds. Both locations offer quality services including respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care and dietitian services. St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital is featured with modernized private rooms designed for specialized care for patients and families.

About Xavier UniversityXavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 4 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 377 Colleges in America.” Xavier offers a graduate degree program in Health Services Administration, which is ranked No. 1 by Modern Healthcare.

About Trinity GuardionTrinity Guardion is a commercial stage company, located in Batesville, Indiana, focused on reducing hospital infections through novel barrier protective methods.