Florida Hospital Association Announces Success of CLABSI Collaborative; Start of CAUTI Initiative

August 30, 2011

The Florida Hospital Association (FHA) has announced the success of a central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) collaborative in reducing infections.

Success of Florida’s CLABSI Collaborative

The collaborative, launched by the FHA and based on the Michigan CLABSI initiative, is centered on checklists, adopting evidence-based practices, and improving the culture of safety within units.

The first group of hospitals enrolled in the collaborative began in September 2009.  By August 2010, it had expanded to include 35 hospitals and 68 units.

Units participating in the collaborative saw CLABSI rates fall from 2.43 per 1000 line days to .667. Twenty-three units have at least zero CLABSI over a 12 consecutive month period through June 2011. Of which, three of the hospitals have gone more than 24 months. This hard work by our hospitals translates into19 lives saved, a decrease of 1,232 in-patient hospital days and has reduced the cost of health care in Florida by $8.1 million.

Start of CAUTI Initiative

The FHA has also recently started a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) initiative.  Launched in march 2011, the initiative currently has 17 hospitals and 37 units participating.

The goal of the initiative is to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 25 percent.  The initiative focuses on the appropriate placment, continuance, and use of urinary catheters.

Click here to read the FHA Announcement.

For more information, contact Kim Streit at FHA: kims@FHA.org.


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