Critical Access Hospital in Chatom, AL 36518


14600 St. Stephens Avenue Chatom, AL 36518
Phone: (251) 847-2223

The complication measures at Washington County Hospital provide information about the medical problems some inpatients might experience while admitted in the hospital. Admitted patients sometimes get other injuries, conditions or complications that may be life threatening. When hospitals follow best practices for treating patients, serious complications are often prevented.

The complication measures evaluate serious events such as healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and complications after certain surgical procedures.

Healthcare Associated Infections

The healthcare-associated infections (HAI) measures provide information on infections that happen while the patient is in the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects this information and encourages hospitals to use CDC-recommended infection control steps to prevent healthcare-associated infections.

MeasureHospital AverageHow this Hospital Compares
Intestinal infections0.000 Measure: Intestinal infections
Sample data was collected between 04/01/2014 and 03/31/2015
No Different than National Benchmark of 1

Clostridium difficile (C.diff.) Laboratory-identified Events (Intestinal infections)
This measure compares the number of positive cases for Clostridium difficile on stool specimens tested four or more days after the patient entered the hospital to a national benchmark. Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) is a bacteria that causes inflammation of the colon and can cause severe diarrhea, fever, appetite loss, nausea, and abdominal pain. C. diff. can be prevented from being transmitted to patients by taking certain precautions: washing hands, using protective gloves and gowns, sterilizing equipment, covering the mouth, nose, and eyes and practicing responsible use of antibiotics. [8]

A lower number is better better. A score of zero is best.

  • [8] The lower limit of the confidence interval cannot be calculated if the number of observed infections equals zero.