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Meddings J, Greene MT, Ratz D
Multistate programme to reduce catheter-associated infections in intensive care units with elevated infection rates.
AHRQ’s Safety Program for ICUs aimed to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) in intensive care units with elevated rates. Included hospitals had at least one adult intensive care unit with elevated CLABSI or CAUTI rates. The investigators targeted intensive care units with elevated catheter infection rates but yielded no statistically significant reduction in CLABSI, CAUTI or catheter utilization in the first two of six planned cohorts. Improvements in the interventions based on lessons learned from these initial cohorts are being applied to subsequent cohorts.
Citation: Meddings J, Greene MT, Ratz D . Multistate programme to reduce catheter-associated infections in intensive care units with elevated infection rates. BMJ Qual Saf 2020 May;29(5):418-29. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009330..
Keywords: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI), Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), Infectious Diseases, Patient Safety, Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Hospitals, Evidence-Based Practice, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Inpatient Care, Critical Care