Albany Medical Center Boasts NICU CLABSI Achievement

December 30, 2012

In a December 2012 press release, health Albany Medical Center (Albany, New York) boasts a major achievement in having the first level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in upstate New York to have completely eliminated central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) over a 12 month period.

“Reaching this mark reflects Albany Med’s long-term commitment to achieving quality benchmarks,” said Michael Horgan, M.D., division head of Neonatology at Albany Med’s Children’s Hospital.

Central line-associated bloodstream infections are a nationwide problem in neonatal ICUs where babies are vulnerable to infection and often need central lines placed for many weeks or months. Infections occur when the central lines (catheters inserted into the arm or umbilical cord running to major arteries to deliver medicine or nutrition) become contaminated with bacteria.

Though usually not life threatening, CLABSI’s are a setback for a baby and for parents who want to get their newborn home.

Albany Med has been using strict maintenance practices to care for central lines since taking part in a 2008 study on CLABSI. The statewide project studied the use of these practices and their overall affect in reducing central line infections.

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