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Stanford study finds checklist use reduces HAI rate

Accreditation Insider, February 25, 2014

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Researchers at Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford found that a computerized safety checklist that automatically pulls information from patients’ electronic medical records was linked with a drop in rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections. Used in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, the checklist allowed caregivers to follow national guidelines for preventing central line infections.
 
During the study, which was published online February 23 in Pediatrics, the rate of central line infections in the pediatric ICU dropped from 2.6 to 0.7 per 1,000 days of central line use.
 
Read more about the study here.



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