AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent – 10 September 2012

Posted on September 11, 2012. Filed under: Infection Control, Intensive Care | Tags: , |

AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent – 10 September 2012

“A unique nationwide patient safety project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reduced the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units by 40 percent, according to the agency’s preliminary findings of the largest national effort to combat CLABSIs to date. The project used the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to achieve its landmark results that include preventing more than 2,000 CLABSIs, saving more than 500 lives and avoiding more than $34 million in health care costs.”

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Details about AHRQ’s national CUSP project are available at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/hais.htm. AHRQ’s CUSP toolkit is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/cusptoolkit/ .”

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