Team Approach Slashes Central-Line Infections
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Can hospitals drive their rates of central-line bloodstream infections to zero? Although the goal sounds like a pipe dream, new research has found that multidisciplinary team approaches are making great strides in dramatically reducing rates. At the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, for example, a team of clinicians dedicated to preventing central-line infections in eight of the hospital’s intensive care units (ICUs) cut the rate by almost 90% over a seven-year period. Similarly, a team effort at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, decreased infection rates in a 25-bed ICU by roughly 33% in one year. Researchers presented details of the two approaches at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Matthew Exline of The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is quoted.
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