Infection Prevention and Control

At Lake Regional, we take special precautions to prevent infection. According to the American Journal of Infection Control, the acceptable rate of infections for a similar size hospital is 1.95 percent to 2.76 percent. For the past ten years, our rates have remained at or below 1.3 percent. In 2015, our rate was only .82 percent.

To learn more about patient safety measures at Lake Regional, read or download Quality Care 2016: Report to the Community. 

Rate of Surgical Site Infections

Our Promise to You

Lake Regional is committed to keeping patients safe. We follow practices set forth by the CDC, The Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Although they are rare, infections do occur. Following these tips will help ensure a safe surgical procedure.

Before Surgery or Procedure

  • Get plenty of rest, and eat well. Proper nutrition is vital to wound healing.
  • Important: Use chlorhexidine soap on each of the two days before, and the morning of your surgery or procedure. For detailed instructions on using chlorhexidine soap, click here. For information about the importance of using chlorhexidine soap, click here.
  • Report any sign of infection, such as fever or a toothache, to your physician before surgery

After Surgery or Procedure

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, and avoid touching your incision.
  • Carefully follow your doctor’s instructions for cleaning and caring for your incision.
  • Keep your incision covered around pets.
  • Promptly report any heat, redness or foul-smelling drainage from your incision or fever higher than 100.4 degrees to your doctor’s office.