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Shoals Hospital addresses infection concerns

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A report showed Shoal Hospital ranked worse than the national average when it comes to colon surgical-site infections. A report showed Shoal Hospital ranked worse than the national average when it comes to colon surgical-site infections.
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) -

According to a study by the Alabama Department of Public Health, most hospitals in the Tennessee Valley ranked as being better or similar to the national average. However, one hospital did rank worse than the national average when it comes to colon surgical-site infections.

Officials at Shoals Hospital said that since the study was completed last year, their facility has made changes and now their numbers are well above the national average.

According to the ALDH, 26 patients underwent colon surgeries at the hospital. Of that number, six of the patients were treated for surgical-site infections. Officials said at the time of the study, they had a 2,500% increase in colon surgeries based on the rapid growth of the hospital.

Since the numbers came out, hospital officials said they have responded with a specific focus of quality for patients across the board. They have established a chief quality officer who has a team of four registered nurses who work to educate doctors and other staff on minimizing surgical-site infections when providing care for their patients.

Shoals Hospital CEO C. Ross Berry said that in 2011, the procedure wasn't done as often, but in 2012, a "significantly higher number" were performed. "That was the first quarter data that was reported. The data after that was extremely good data, and has been ever since," said Berry.

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