I was recently contacted by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and was asked to share with you this new research. I'm very excited to hear this. Especially since my son went through such a difficult time with a blood infection he contracted. Hope this helps alot of you out there...
Intensive Care Units for Newborns See Sharp Drop in Bloodstream Infections
Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in newborns were reduced by 58 percent in less than a year in hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) participating in an AHRQ patient safety program. Frontline caregivers in 100 NICUs in nine States relied on the program’s prevention practice checklists and better communication to prevent an estimated 131 infections and up to 41 deaths and to avoid more than $2 million in health care costs, according to a newreport (http://www.ahrq.gov/
professionals/quality-patient- safety/cusp/clabsi-neonatal/ index.html.)
CLABSIs are healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) that cause serious illness and death in infants as well as adults. In newborns, especially premature infants, central lines can remain in place for weeks or months to provide nutrients and medications, creating opportunities for infections. Health care teams in the project States, caring for 8,400 newborns, used theCUSP Toolkit (http://www.ahrq.gov/
professionals/education/ curriculum-tools/cusptoolkit/ index.html) to improve safety culture and consistently implement catheter insertion and maintenance guidelines. CUSP helps hospitals understand and apply the science of safety and take actions to improve teamwork and communications. A nationwide project to reduce CLABSIs in all ICUs that ended in September 2012 led to a 41 percent overall reduction, according to new details in aseparate final report (http://www.ahrq.gov/news/ newsroom/press-releases/2012/ 20120910.html) from that project.