As we continue efforts to improve the care we provide, we congratulate staff on 5 South Irving for their efforts to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). This is one type of HAC (hospital-acquired condition) that hospitals are being penalized for financially under healthcare reform.
In the past six months, 5 South has reported zero CLABSIs as a result of a focused, multidisciplinary effort that has involved extensive education efforts and heightened infection control practices. Reducing hospital-acquired conditions, like CLABSIs, is not only the right thing to do for our patients, it’s also important for the hospital from a reimbursement standpoint: CLABSIs add an additional $33,000 to a patient stay, for which the hospital does not get reimbursed. Special thanks to the CLABSI Six Sigma team for spearheading this initiative.
“For our patients it simply means better care to prevent line infections. Our unit, along with help from other key players such as the PICC Team and pharmacy, initiated small efforts that have had great impact,” says 5 South Nurse Manager Laurie Fegley, RN. Efforts included educating staff, initiating a "Scrub the Hub" campaign, making sure snap gowns are used for patients, conducting regular audits to keep track and identify areas of concern, and using bifurcated extensions on patient IVs.
“I'd be remiss not to mention our ‘HAC NO’ campaign that involves infection control, physician and our clinical nurse specialist. Collectively, they’re known as the Germinators and they’ve been a big hit in helping to spread what is a very important message throughout the organization: Crouse has zero tolerance for any hospital-acquired infections or conditions. “