Safety Project Leads to 40% Reduction in ICU Bloodstream Infections

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reported that a new patient safety project has led to a 40 percent reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections at participating hospitals. These types of infections can be fatal. 

The preliminary findings were the result of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) used in intensive care units. The program prevented more than 2,000 cases of these infections, saved more than $34 million in healthcare costs and saved the lives of more than 500 patients, according to the report. 

The program is based on providing care to the patients using a team approach with a better understanding of safety and safety culture. It helps physicians, nurses and medical staff to pinpoint potential safety problems and take the necessary steps to deal with them. 

Some hospital-acquired infections may be preventable. Hospitals that do not follow safety measures to prevent illness may be held liable. Improper handling or use of equipment, improper hand-washing and improper sanitation may contribute to the spread of infections in healthcare facilities. 

If you or someone you love was injured as a result of an infection or another form of malpractice, compensation could be available to cover damages. To learn if you have a viable claim, contact New York malpractice lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates at 800-246-HURT (4878). 

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