Avoidable infections affect every hospital in America, averaging 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths each year. Hospital-associated infections (HAIs) alone are responsible for adding $28 billion to $33 billion to national healthcare costs annually. While these infections present tough challenges, real improvement is possible: providers in our previous HAI initiative achieved dramatic reductions in their rates of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs).
Maryland and Virginia hospitals currently are participating in a HQI initiative to reduce HAIs that include CLABSIs, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Clostridium difficile and ventilator-associated events. Supported by our technical assistance and the shared experience of their peers, they are:
- Creating a culture of safety that will improve patient care, save lives and lower healthcare costs
- Implementing a comprehensive Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
- Collecting and analyzing HAI data and using it to improve
- Implementing evidence-based infection prevention practices
- Reaching out beyond the hospital walls to involve the community in infection prevention