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Published on April 12, 2016

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center’s NICU Achieves 1,000 Days Without Central-Line Infection

Rockville, MD – The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center recently celebrated a major milestone–1,000 days without a Central-Line associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI). More than two and a half years without infection means that the hospital’s tiniest patients have a better opportunity to grow and thrive in a safe, healthy setting.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 30,100 CLABSIs still occur in intensive care units and wards of U.S. acute care facilities each year. CLABSIs are serious infections typically causing a prolongation of hospital stay and increased cost and risk of mortality. These infections are particularly dangerous to babies in the NICU because they tend to be immunosuppressed and more susceptible to disease and infection.

"Our NICU team is amazing --- in so many ways. Achieving the milestone of 1,000 consecutive days without a Central-Line associated Bloodstream Infection in our patients demonstrates the commitment of each and every member of the team to provide the highest quality of care that can be found in any NICU, anywhere,” said Dr. Jim Rost, Medical Director of Pediatrics and the NICU for Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center’s Level III-B NICU is one of the most comprehensive in the region—caring for premature babies, multiples or newborns with special needs. If a newborn needs critical care, Shady Grove Medical Center’s NICU offers continuous ventilator support and life-saving equipment designed especially for infants. The team at Shady Grove includes doctors who specialize in newborn care (neonatologists) and neonatal nurses, all of whom are trained to care for the most complex medical situations.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 290-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of healthcare services. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, as well as orthopedics and joint replacement. The facility is the first in the state and one of only a few hundred in the country to hold an international designation for breastfeeding and maternity care. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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