National Patient Safety Project Reduced CLABSI by 40%

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The nationwide Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program has helped reduce the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections by 40 percent, according to preliminary data reported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Hospital Association and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The first broad-scale application of CUSP was in Michigan, under the leadership of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, where it was used to significantly reduce CLABSIs in that state.  Following that success, CUSP was expanded to 10 states and then nationally through an AHRQ contract to AHA's Health Research & Educational Trust.

The national project involved hospital teams at more than 1,100 adult intensive care units in 44 states over a four-year period.  Preliminary findings indicate that hospitals participating in this project reduced the rate of CLABSIs nationally from 1.903 infections per 1,000 central line days to 1.137 infections per 1,000 line days, an overall reduction of 40 percent and $34 million in healthcare costs.

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