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Quality of Medical Care

Our relationship with Mayo Clinic opens a new chapter for Altru Health System and gives Altru the opportunity to bring a new level of care to our region. Having access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise comes with higher expectations for the quality of the care we provide. We are working towards achieving quality outcomes equal to the top providers in the nation.

Surgical Care

Hospitals can reduce the risk of infection after surgery by making sure they provide care that’s known to get the best results for most patients. Here are some examples:

  • Giving the recommended antibiotics at the right time before surgery.
  • Stopping the antibiotics within the right timeframe after surgery.
  • Maintaining the patient’s temperature and blood glucose (sugar) at normal levels.
  • Removing catheters that are used to drain the bladder in a timely manner after surgery.

Hospitals can also reduce the risk of cardiac problems associated with surgery by:

  • Making sure that certain prescription drugs are continued in the time before, during, and just after the surgery. This includes drugs used to control heart rhythms and blood pressure.
  • Giving drugs that prevent blood clots and using other methods such as special stockings that increase circulation in the legs.

 

Hospital Acquired Conditions

This section shows certain injuries, infections, or other serious conditions that patients got while they were in the hospital. These conditions, also known as “Hospital Acquired Conditions,” are usually very rare. If they ever occur, hospital staff should identify and correct the problems that caused them.

Infection Control

Influenza Vaccination

Since 2010, being immunized for influenza is a condition of employment for Altru employees unless they have a medical or religious reason. Preventing influenza in healthcare workers helps protects patients, especially those who can't get a flu shot or who aren't well protected by vaccination. Reducing the risk of exposure to influenza while in our care is important.

Hand Hygiene Compliance

Hand hygiene is critical to reduce transmission of infection in hospitals. Based on the World Health Organization’s criteria, a perfect hand hygiene score is 100%, based on direct observation of healthcare workers. Altru’s patient care areas regularly monitor hand hygiene compliance, employing a wide variety of strategies to reach a high level of hand hygiene compliance.

Hospital Room Cleaning

The patient’s room environment can contaminate hands and become a source of infection transmission. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that hospitals strive to monitor and achieve effective cleaning of at least 80 percent of the frequently touched surfaces in the patient’s room such as bed rails, door knobs, and bathroom surfaces.

Minnesota Community Measures

Diabetes

Diabetes occures when there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood and not enough in the cells of your body. This can interfere with your body's ability to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life. 

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Blood pressure is the force of blood against artery walls as it circulates through the body. Blood pressure rises and falls during the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. High blood pressure makes the heart work too hard.

Vascular Disease

Vascular disease is any condition that affects the heart or blood vessels (veins and arteries that transport blood through the body). Vascular disease can lead to hardening or clogging of the arteries, which can limit the heart’s ability to supply oxygen and nutrients to your body.