On the CUSP: Stop BSI

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Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “Marylands hospitals are joining a nationwide initiative to eliminate serious bloodstream infections. This is a volunteer effort, like the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative, the Maryland Patient Safety Center Neonatal Collaborative, and others, focused on partnering to improve safety and care for patients, according to the Maryland Hospital Association.

On the CUSP: Stop BSI, developed by Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, of a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and coordinated locally by the Maryland Hospital Association and the Maryland Patient Safety Center, uses a combination of unit-based safety checklists, staff education, and ongoing national expert consultation to reduce the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) occurring in hospitals.

Central line-associated bloodstream infections are a leading cause of healthcare-associated infections in acute-care hospitals, with an estimated 250,000 occurring each year in the United States.

“The program works,” says Pronovost. “On the CUSP will help ensure that Maryland patients received safer hospital care.”

For the past two years, Marylands hospitals have been reporting CLABSIs to the Maryland Health Care Commission using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Healthcare Safety Network. A recent CDC report showed Maryland had 222 preventable infections between January and June 2009.

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