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Infection Prevention


MaineGeneral performs a number of activities aimed at preventing or lowering the risk of infection in hospitalized patients. These activities include following well-established guidelines for cutting infection risks.

We also follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for identifying and reporting infections.

MaineGeneral is also proud to join many hospitals across the country which have voluntarily implemented practices designed to improve the quality and safety of your health care. Safety is our number-one priority! 

Partnering with our Patients: Hand Hygiene Campaign

Hand hygiene is a critical tool for preventing the spread of infection to patients.

MaineGeneral was one of the first hospitals in Maine to join Partnering with Our Patients, a hand-washing campaign that invites patients to be part of the hand-washing process.

Inpatients receive education about hand hygiene and are encouraged to ask their care providers if they have cleaned their hands.

The program is a cooperative project among MaineGeneral, the University of Pennsylvania and Steris, our soap supplier.

At this point, Maine and US data is not available for comparison purposes.


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     MGMC current: April - June 2013

Number of CCU CR-BSI cases



Number of CCU VAP cases







Number of CCU CR-BSI cases
Number of patients in the Critical Care Unit (high level or intensive care) who developed a catheter-related (CR) blood stream infection (BSI).

Patients who have intravenous (IV = a line or central venous catheter placed into a vein) for medications, blood or other fluid or nutrition over a period of days or even weeks may develop infections when bacteria grow in the line and spread to their bloodstream.

These infections are very serious and may be life-threatening.*





Number of CCU VAP cases
Number of patients in the Critical Care Unit (high level or intensive care) on ventilators who get pneumonia. VAP afflicts patients so weakened by illness or trauma that they need mechanical help to breathe.

When the ventilator tube that pumps life-saving air into vulnerable lungs becomes contaminated, it can lead to serious infection which may be life-threatening.

* This information was developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.