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Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 10, 2012.
The near elimination of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units (ICUs) in Michigan stands as one of the landmark accomplishments of the patient safety field. Although the checklist for CLABSI prevention has been widely publicized, equally important components of the intervention included the comprehensive unit-based safety program (CUSP) and interventions to improve safety culture in participating ICUs. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality subsequently sponsored an effort to extend the success of the Michigan initiative nationwide, centered around implementation of the CUSP. The initial results, presented in this press release, indicate another remarkable success, with CLABSI rates being reduced by 40% across 1100 participating ICUs. It is notable that these reductions were accomplished even though the baseline rate of CLABSI was already lower than in prior studies. The developer of CUSP, Dr. Peter Pronovost, was interviewed by AHRQ WebM&M in 2010.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. September 23, 2008.
Through his work, Peter Pronovost, a critical care physician and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has inspired culture change by devising evidence-based clinical practices that save lives and improve patient safety. The MacArthur Foundation has selected him as a 2008 Fellow and recipient of a $500,000 "genius grant."