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Sustained zero CLABSI is achievable

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine examined central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) data for intensive care units of hospitals located predominantly in Michigan. The hospitals all participated in a targeted quality improvement iniative known as the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, or CUSP, that was implemented through the Michigan Keystone ICU Project. The researchers found that 60 percent of the 80 ICUs evaluated were infection-free for a year or more, and 26 percent achieved two years or more. In the study, smaller hospitals sustained zero infections longer than larger hospitals.

Source: Lipitz-Snyderman, A., and others. The ability of intensive care units to maintain zero central line-associated bloodstream infections. Archives of Internal Medicine. 171(9):856-858, May 9, 2011. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/171/9/856

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