Pediatric CLABSI initiative save $104 million

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Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “Following some basic rules of central line hygiene and maintenance, Johns Hopkins Childrens Center and 87 other pediatric hospitals have, over five years, saved hundreds of patient lives and more than $100 million by preventing nearly 3,000 central line-related bloodstream infections, hospital officials announced this week.

The results mark a pivotal milestone in an ongoing national pediatric quality improvement program launched in 2006 and spearheaded by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).

The program examined whether and how a series of low-tech steps involving proper daily care and maintenance of the central lines can reduce infection rates. These steps included daily assessment of the need for the line, regularly changing the dressing covering the device, cleaning the line before and after use and hand washing before handling the line, among others.

Comparing current infections rates with infection rates before the programs 2006 launch, experts estimate that, thus far, the initiative has prevented 2,964 central line infections, saved 355 childrens lives, and saved nearly $104 million that would have gone toward treating complications stemming from invasive bloodstream infections. Each infection carries a price tag of up to $45,000, experts estimate.”

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