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Hospital Acquired Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is intended to help answer patient questions about infections and other possible hospital-acquired conditions at Maine Medical Center.

Q: Is it safe to have surgery or other invasive procedures at Maine Medical Center?

A: Yes. The Maine Medical Center staff is always focused patient safety standards and completely trained in infection control protocols. We take all of the necessary steps to protect you and your family from the moment you arrive through the time you go home.

Q: What about news stories where MMC scored in the bottom quartile of US hospitals?

A: This was reported at the end of 2015. What you might not have heard is that report was based on patient cases from 2012-2014. We’ve been working in the years since to specifically address and eliminate these cases. In the last year alone we’ve reduced instances of most infections by 50 percent. Preventing infections and other conditions will remain a priority for us until we reach our goal of zero cases.

Q: What should I know about hospital infections?

A: They occur in every hospital, without exception. While they are serious, not all infections are created equal – some can be treated more easily than others, while some pose a greater risk to some patients than others. That is why established safety protocols, such as good hand hygiene, must be followed.

Q: What can I do to help prevent infections?

A: Talk to your physician, nurse or any member of your care team about infection control practices. All patients have the right to know as much as possible about their care, including how to prevent infections before, during and after care.

Q: How can I learn more?

A: If you have scheduled or are planning to schedule a procedure or have recently undergone a procedure at Maine Medical Center, please talk with your doctor. If you have additional questions about infections, please contact MMC’s Infection Prevention department at (207) 662-2550.

You can also learn more about our commitment to patient safety and quality, by viewing MMC Quality At A Glance.