The Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund launched a campaign to prevent central-line-associated bloodstream infections, one of the most common infections in hospital care. About 40 GNYHA-member hospitals have signed on and have identified teams and profiled the intensive care units that will participate, a GNYHA spokeswoman said. The initiative, part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100K Lives Campaign, is expected to save money as well as lives, she said. According to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, which implemented a similar program, two ICUs saved $1.3 million after the first year. The GNYHA board of governors has unanimously endorsed public reporting of hospital infection rates provided the reporting is conducted through the state health department. -- by Cinda Becker
N.Y. project aims to reduce bloodstream infections
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