Advancing the Culture of Patient Safety: Strategies to Prevent CLABSI and CAUTI

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Prepared by IPRO HQIC

Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) are among the most common complications in hospitals and continue to be a significant concern in the healthcare system. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that approximately 633,300 patients contract one of these infections annually, costing billions for healthcare organizations. These infections can lead to significant morbidity and mortality, with tens of thousands of lives lost each year.

To improve the overall quality of care, it is important that healthcare professionals direct their focus toward identifying and creating opportunities for improving performance and outcomes. In this Lunch & Learn we will cover:

  • The prevalence of Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI).
  • The causative factors and evidence-based strategies for CLABSI and CAUTI prevention.
  • How the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System successfully implemented evidence-based strategies that resulted in a significant decrease in CLABSI and CAUTI rates.