Zero CLABSI campaign


Intravenous news: report “Are central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) preventable or are they an unavoidable consequence of complex medical care? In a new campaign, “I Believe in Zero CLABSIs,” the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has teamed with patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, MD, of Johns Hopkins, to mobilize infection preventionists to prove that prevention is possible.

This new campaign will bring infection preventionists together to add strength and professional momentum to the many CLABSI reduction projects that are currently underway. APIC members are encouraged to join in this collective effort intended to increase adoption of the checklist tool used successfully by Pronovost and to promote a culture of safety related to device-associated infection prevention.

The Zero CLABSIs campaign is based on the Michigan Hospital Association Keystone Project, led by Pronovost and launched in 2003. Using a standardized, consistent approach, Pronovost and his colleagues in Michigan conclusively demonstrated that CLABSIs are preventable. Since that time, many other acute-care facilities have replicated the techniques used in Michigan and have also achieved dramatic CLABSI reductions.”

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