Optim Medical Center-Tattnall is one of only 332 hospitals with the lowest rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the U.S.

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common type of healthcare associated infection, accounting for more than 30% of acute care hospital infections in the United States. It has been associated with increased morbidity, mortality, hospital cost, and length of stay.

Every year there are 13,000 deaths associated with urinary tract infections (UTI) and an estimated 449,334 CAUTI events.

Optim Medical Center-Tattnall, located in Reidsville, Georgia and part of the Optim Health System network, is one of only 332 hospitals nation-wide to receive the best possible score of zero, according to data from CMS’ Hospital Compare website. In total, 2,203 hospitals received a numeric calculation of the standardized infection ratio on data collected from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

“We are thrilled to have earned a perfect CAUTI score of zero,” said Lora Duncan, Optim Health System’s Chief of Nursing and Clinical Operations. “Patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do at Optim Medical Center-Tattnall emphasizing the significant amount of attention we place on achieving superior outcomes for our patients. We take great pride in the fact that patients choose to come to our hospital knowing they’ll receive outstanding care and are proud of our clinical team for another outstanding accomplishment.”