Tennessee Hospitals Experience Reduction in Hospital Infections; Report Released

September 7, 2011

The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety (TCPS) has recently reported about the important accomplishments of Tennessee hospitals in reducing hospital-associated infections (HAIs).

A TCPS news release notes, treat as a result of the collaboration between TCPS, patient the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, and 122 Tennessee hospitals, improvements were seen for several key measures.

The results are presented in the first annual report of the TCPS.  The accomplishments include the following:

  • a 35% reduction in the rate of adult and pediatric central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in 2010,
  • a 46% reduction in neonatal CLABSI rates from 2008 through 2010, and
  • a 21% reduction in cases of hospital-onset Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) between 2008 and 2010.

The TCPS estimates the improvements have saved more than $11 million in associated healthcare costs: $4.8 million saved by reducing central line infections, $2 million from MRSA reductions, and $4.5 million saved from the reduction in surgical complications.

The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety was one of the first state centers to achieve widespread participation of hospitals in its programs. Presently, 94 percent of acute care hospitals in the state participate in one or more of the center’s initiatives.

“Without reservation, Tennessee and the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety are doing exceptional work. The state is among the best in the nation at engaging hospitals and taking action to achieve continuous learning and patient safety improvement,” said Peter J. Pronovost, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Institute in Baltimore, MD, and one of the country’s most recognized patient safety advocates. “The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety is consistently challenging Tennessee’s hospitals to build on the progress that has already been made.”

Click here to view the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety Annual Report 2010.

Click here to read the news release from the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety.

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