A group of more than 350 hospitals have achieved a 35% reduction in rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections in their intensive-care units by rolling out changes first piloted in Michigan. The results come from a report released by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality detailing the progress made in the first two years of the program.
Program yields drop in central-line infections
The On the CUSP: Stop BSI initiative—CUSP stands for Comprehensive Unit-Based safety Program—is based on the success of the Michigan Keystone Project, in which ICUs across the state dramatically lowered their rates of central-line infections using a simplified set of interventions. AHRQ has funded a nationwide rollout and the Health Research and Educational Trust is leading the program.
This latest report shows participating hospitals, located in 22 states, lowered their rates from 1.8 infections per 1,000 central-line days to 1.17 infections per 1,000 central-line days during the initiatives first two years, according to an HRET news release.
“The encouraging results so far demonstrate the value of well-coordinated and evidence-based national improvement efforts,” said Maulik Joshi, HRET’s president, in the release.
In addition to the 22 states that signed on in 2009, 14 additional states and the District of Columbia began participating in 2010. And at least eight more will begin reporting this year, according to the report. The initiative is scheduled to continue through 2012.
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