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SDW news brief: Academic hospitals team up to stop catheter-related infections

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 21, 2010

University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of 107 academic medical centers with 234 affiliated hospitals in the U.S., wants to reduce the number of catheter-related bloodstream infections, (CRBSI) by streamlining systems of care and hospital practice cultures that cause them.

Julie Cerese, UHC vice president of performance improvement, says the program targets not just hospital workers at the bedside who insert the catheters, but mid-level managers and hospital CEOs as well. That's because designing effective prevention strategies requires a top-down effort to evaluate various products such as catheters tipped with antibiotics and other products to see which might be most effective.

One important effort in the process is to empower hospital providers to say "Wait, Stop this procedure" when they see a colleague engaging in an insertion practice that violates prevention protocols, Cerese says.

Members of the coalition are being encouraged to share stories about strategies that seem to work, and to submit their infection numbers to compare with other hospitals with similar patient populations.

To read more about their methods, click here.

Source: HealthLeaders Media

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