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Deadly Healthcare-Associated Infection Preventable Using Evidence-based Practices

MAY 30, 2017 | KRISTI ROSA
In addition, the quality improvement teams were also coached on the implementation of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, also known as CUSP, in their units, a toolkit that provides training tools that works on engaging staff members while assisting them in targeting any safety issues that need to be addressed in their facilities through the combination of “clinical best practices and the science of safety.”

The results? After 24 months, the number of VAEs in the designated ICUs witnessed a decrease of about 38%, going from 7.34 cases per 1,000 patient ventilator days to 4.58 cases. Furthermore, the number of ventilator-associated infections was essentially cut in half, going from 3.15 to 1.56 cases. Arguably, the biggest finding yielded by this study is the whopping 78% reduction that was seen in the number of ventilator-associated pneumonia cases (possible and probable), going from 1.41 to .31 cases.

“These complications prolong the duration of mechanical ventilation, and they keep patients in the hospital longer. This, in turn, leads to higher complications, higher mortality, higher lengths of stay, and higher costs,” Dr. Berenholtz said. “So, decreasing these complications is a national priority and helps our patients recover sooner.”

The research team has since expanded their study to include hospitals from all 50 states.
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