A program to reduce the estimated 79,500 catheter-related bloodstream infections that occur annually in healthcare facilities has been launched by the University HealthSystem Consortium, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based alliance of 107 academic medical centers and their 234 hospitals.
Consortium launches program aimed at infections
Catheter-related bloodstream infections, or CRBSIs, carry a 35% mortality rate, lead to an eight-day intensive-care unit stay on average, and cost the nation's health system some $9 billion, according to the UHC.
The UHC, which is sponsoring the infection-reduction campaign through its Imperatives for Quality program, is calling on hospital leaders to mandate compliance with established protocols for reducing CRBSIs, to develop systems to routinely monitor and analyze CRBSI rates and develop their own evidence-based protocols for insertion of central venous catheters, which are believed to be responsible for 90% of CRBSIs.
“At the executive level, it is essential that leaders identify this as an organizational priority,” Irene Thompson, UHC president and CEO, said in a news release. To help with the effort, the UHC will provide resources such as work plans and data collection tools.
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