Study targets central line associated bloodstream infections

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Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers finds that adopting an inexpensive set of infection prevention and control measures could potentially save many thousands of lives and billions of dollars. The study appears in the September 2011 issue of Health Affairs.

“These two initiatives, targeting ventilator associated pneumonias and central line associated bloodstream infections, involved simple steps that lead to dramatic reductions in not only the targeted infections, but also mortality and costs,” says Bradford D. Harris, MD, who led the study while serving as an associate professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine. He is now a medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Washington.

The study was conducted in the pediatric intensive care unit at North Carolina Childrens Hospital, which is one of the five University of North Carolina Hospitals. The study tested three interventions aimed at preventing and reducing hospital-acquired infections.”

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