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News brief: Tennessee improves CLABSI infection rates by 30%

Nurse Leader Insider, July 13, 2012

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An initiative among Tennessee hospitals to reduce infection rates, particularly central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), led hospitals scoring 30% above the national benchmark for infection prevention and has made the state number four in the country for patient safety, according to a recent report from the Tennessee Department of Health. Upon discovering that many hospitals in the state were reporting CLABSI rates that were much higher than national benchmarks, the Tennessee Hospital Association partnered with the state and with Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, of Johns Hopkins University to implement a safety checklist and regimen.

The program emphasizes thorough hand washing, sterile protective garb, cleansing of the insertion site, and removal of catheters as soon as they are no longer necessary. Hospitals held both physicians and nurses accountable for following the safety checklists. In the latest report, only one state hospital reported CLABSI rates higher than the national benchmark, compared to nine hospitals reporting higher rates in 2008.

Read the report from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Source: The Tennessean
 



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