Don’t Just Reduce Infections,
Eliminate Them Over The Long Haul
- The Challenge: Reduce the level of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI). National statistics show that CLABSI in all hospitals affect over 40,000 patients a year. The cost: one in four patients dies; a total financial impact of up to $2.7 billion.
- Question: For Baptist, what key procedures would reduce infections and, once identified, how could 2000 people be trained within a compressed time period to blunt the force of infections on lives and on operating costs?
- TWI Institute’s Answer: Focus on three simple tasks (hand hygiene with soap and water and with gel, and cleaning IV connectors) that could be trained quickly and easily, but would impact the infection rate dramatically.
- Challenge Met: Effective TWI training at one Baptist facility helped deliver over 620 days without any Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) and at another facility an 84.6% reduction year-over-year.
“It is no coincidence that this occurred immediately following your hard work on getting staff trained using Job Instruction (JI) for hand hygiene and scrubbing the hub of central line catheters. While there are many initiatives in play to prevent CLABSI’s, as there should be, it’s clear to see the impact you have had on preventing infections.” – Wanda Kaye Hambrick BSN MBA, Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety | Baptist Health Care Inc.
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