SDW news brief: Slashing central line-associated bloodstream infections

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 8, 2011

More than 350 hospitals in 22 states in a national pilot project to tackle central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in their adult ICUs are reporting CLABSI reductions of 35%, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

An interim report issued Tuesday by AHRQ, On the CUSP: Stop BSI, found that CLABSI rates dropped from an average of 1.8 infections per 1,000 central line days to an average of 1.17 infections per 1,000 central line days in ICUs that participated in the project.

About 1,100 hospitals in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have enrolled in the national effort, which is based on a Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center project that dramatically reduced CLABSI rates in Michigan hospitals.

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Source: HealthLeaders Media

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