Monday, June 21, 2010

It's Working!

The American Medical News is reporting that more than 1,500 hospitals in 17 states have shown 18% fewer central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) than they expected. 

Click here to read the story, "Central-Line Infections Declining, CDC Reports."

INQRI researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that substantial reductions in central line associated blood stream infections can be widely achieved with nurses leading the infection control efforts. Hospitals that followed their well defined ICU safety program and fostered nurse involvement in quality improvement efforts reduced, and in some cases completely eliminated, bloodstream infections for several months at a time. 

Click here to learn more about their INQRI project, "Linking Blood Stream Infection Rates to Intensive Care."

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