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Bloodstream Infections

  • Stamping Out Sepsis: A Global Goal
    In late 2010, a global group called out sepsis for what it is: a medical emergency beyond national boarders. The Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) — which represents about 250,000 intensive and critical care physicians around the world — is urging healthcare providers, patients ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in Articles
  • Safety Checklist Use Yields 10 Percent Drop in Hospital Deaths
    A Johns Hopkins-led safety checklist program that virtually eliminated bloodstream infections in hospital intensive-care units throughout Michigan appears to have also reduced deaths by 10 percent, a new study suggests. Although prior research showed a major reduction in ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • APIC Leads Effort to Eliminate Bloodstream Infections
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced a major initiative to eliminate one of the most preventable and deadly infections that patients can acquire in healthcare facilities: central line-associated bloodstream ...More
    January 25, 2011 Posted in News
  • Infusion Nurses Keep Patients Safer, Help Reduce Healthcare Costs
    Nearly everyone who is admitted to a hospital has an IV inserted. If you're on the receiving end of an IV catheter, you know you want an expert who can get it right the first time. Nurses who specialize in infusion therapy, and in particular credentialed nurses (Certified ...More
    January 18, 2011 Posted in News
  • Multiple Interventions, Improved Procedures and Technology Help UNC Hospitals Reduce CLABSIs
    Employing multiple interventions and armed with technology, clinicians at the University of North Carolina Hospitals worked with their hospital epidemiologists and infection preventionists and were able to reduce their rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections ...More
    December 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Checklist Continues to Stop Bloodstream Infections, This Time in Rhode Island
    Using a widely heralded Johns Hopkins checklist and other patient-safety tools, intensive care units across the state of Michigan reduced the rate of potentially lethal bloodstream infections to near zero. Now, led by the same Johns Hopkins patient-safety expert who ...More
    December 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC Responds to JAMA Article on Surveillance for Public Reporting of Bloodstream Infection Rates
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) says it shares the concern expressed in the recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study, "Quality of Traditional Surveillance for Public Reporting of Nosocomial Bloodstream ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Variation Regarding Surveillance of Bloodstream Infections
    The quality of public reporting of bloodstream infection rates among hospitals may be effected by the variation in surveillance methods, according to a study in the Nov. 10 issue of JAMA. “Public reporting of hospital-specific infection rates is widely promoted as a means ...More
    November 10, 2010 Posted in News
  • Institutions Measure Bloodstream Infection Rates Differently
    A new study looking at how hospitals identify pediatric patients who develop catheter-associated bloodstream infections (CA-BSI) found significant inconsistencies in the methods used to report the number of patients who develop them. The study, led by Matthew Niedner, MD, ...More
    October 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • Maryland Hospitals Commit to Eliminating Bloodstream Infections
    Maryland’s 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 ...More
    October 5, 2010 Posted in News