On The Cusp:Stop BSI Issues July/August 2010 Newsletter; Spotlights Tennessee Transparency

July 31, 2010

The latest July/August 2010 newsletter of One the Cusp: Stop BSI spotlights the Tennessee Hospital Associaton’s (THA) efforts to eliminate central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

Tennessee’s mandatory HAI reporting law was enacted in 2006.  It requires all Tennessee hospitals to report HAIs to the state Department of Health using the CDC’s National Health Safety Network (NHSN).  A report was issued by the Department of Health in 2009 based on 2008 data.

The Onethecusp:stopBSI newsletter reports that the THA responded boldly to the statistics” provided in the 2009 report by recommending “aggressive goals for reducing preventable harm” from CLABSI, MRSA, and surgical care improvement project (SCIP) strategies.

In March of 2010, the THA issued a memo to hospital CEOs recommending certain actions.  That memo expressed THA’s position aim for “zero preventable harm.”

The Onthecusp:stopBSI newsletter can be accessed at: http://www.hret.org/CUSP-Newsletter/July-August2010newsletter.pdf.

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