A recent report provided by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative shows Kansas Hospitals have reduced bloodstream infections occurring in their facilities.
Kansas hospitals participating in the On the CUSP: Stop BSI initiative are celebrating their success from a two-year effort to reduce bloodstream infections caused by the use of central-line catheters. According to the report, 59 hospitals across the state participated in a final meeting held by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative in Topeka, Kansas.
The report reveals participating Kansas hospitals collectively reduced the incidence of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) by 79% during the initiative.
According to Robert Geist, MPH, Epidemiologist, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Healthcare-Associated Infections Program, “Kansas hospitals are actively striving to improve patient safety by participating in initiatives such as Kansas on the CUSP: STOP BSI. Data collected by KDHE mirrors CUSP data and suggests significantly fewer central-line associated bloodstream infections.”
The Kansas Healthcare (KHC) Collaborative executive director Kendra Tinsley said, “clearly, we are thrilled with the success of Kansas hospitals, and are energized to continue our coordinate efforts to improve quality together. It is important to have KDHE validating the reduction in bloodstream infections as well.”
On the CUSP: Stop BSI is led by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association (AHA), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality.
The Kansas initiative was spearheaded by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative. Support for the project was provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.