A Chicago hospital, together with its interventional radiology partner and TeamHealth – who provided hospitalist and intensivist services – embarked on a collaborative effort to reduce hospital-acquired infections. By evaluating, modifying and adapting infection prevention best practices, the team saw a steep reduction in harms cases – and no CLABSI infections in over 18 months.
Infection Prevention Reduced CLABSI
Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) are on the rise. As one of the costliest and deadliest hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), healthcare facilities should carefully review their patient safety protocols around CLABSI to fortify harms prevention and enhance patient care. The hospital team took action to mitigate heightened risk of CLABSI and other HAIs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The adoption of best practices in the past reduced infection cases. However, the numbers were still higher than the facility and team desired.
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