Archbold Hospital Post-Op Infection Rates Low Compared to National Numbers

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Archbold Memorial Hospital reports for every 830 surgeries, only one will become infected after the operation --- low numbers when compared to the national infection rate of one in every 57 surgeries.

Staff say they are 'proud' the proof of their diligence is in the numbers.

Archbold's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Charles Tomlinson, says it "has a lot to do with the surgical skills of the surgeons and physicians, but also the training and education of the employees so that they understand how to take care of patients and help prevent infections ... all those things come together for a really good outcome."

The hospital says their rates are also very low when it comes to other common infections, such as those that occur in the bloodstream from a catheter.


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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Mar 12, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    I had heard the story of staph infections at Archbold, as well, but my wife has had ankle surgery there, my Mother-in-law has had a broken leg as well as a broken hip operated on there, I've had hernia surgery and a stent put in. All those surgeries were done at Archbold and none resulted in a staph or any other type infection. It would appear if they had a problem with staph infections that has been remedied. Otherwise, they wouldn't be rated as highly as they are compared to national figures. Thanks, Archbold, and all the dedicated doctors and nurses that serve there.
  • by LEE Location: thomasville on Mar 10, 2011 at 04:01 AM
    Find this very hard to believe, well known Fact here in thomasville, you go to archibold you going to get staff infection!!!!!!!!
  • by Bill Location: Tallahassee on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:45 PM
    Congradulations! Saving lives is the ultimate calling!
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