Michigan ICUs Sustain Zero Bloodstream Infections for up to 2 Years, Study Shows

May 10, 2011

A recent study published in this month’s Archives of Internal Medicine reveals how intensive care units of both large and small Michigan hospitals have prevented central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) for up to 2 years by utilizing a targeted quality improvement initiative.

The initiative, called the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), was implemented through the Keystone Intensive Care Unit Project in Michigan hospitals.

The study, “The Ability of Intensive Care Units to Maintain Zero Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections” was led by Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

The study researchers found that 60% of the 80 Michigan ICUs under evaluation did not have any CLABSI infections for 1 year or more without infections. Twenty-six percent went 2 years or more. Smaller hospitals achieved zero infections longer than larger hospitals did.

“Previous research has shown that using CUSP to reduce healthcare-associated infections works,” according to AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. “This study gives us even better news — that results from efforts to eliminate these deadly and costly infections can be sustained.”

For more information visit:

Press Release:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/icus-in-michigan-sustain-zero-bloodstream-infections-for-up-to-2-years-121529909.html

AHRQ:  http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2011/clabsiicupr.htm

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