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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.
IHI announces that hospitals participating in 100,000 Lives Campaign have saved an estimated 122,300 lives.
Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; June 14, 2006.
In December 2004, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched the 100,000 Lives Campaign, which engaged hospitals to commit to interventions proven to improve patient care and prevent avoidable deaths. This news release announces that participating hospitals have collectively exceeded the campaign's goal by preventing an estimated 122,300 deaths. The announcement applauds the more than 3000 participating hospitals for their efforts and shares positive remarks made by health care leaders from several prominent national organizations. A past commentary written by IHI's president and chief executive officer, Donald Berwick, outlines the initiatives and goals of the 100,000 Lives Campaign.