CLASBI Eradication Collaborative Saves $100M
Returning to the sustainability question, Niedner says it's understandable that when a particular threat like CLABSI is significantly reduced other concerns that will lay claim to hospitals' stretched resources.
"There does create a trade-off where you have to potentially invest increasing levels of resources into countermeasures to stop ever-diminishing threats," he said. "Those same resources might be allocated a little more deliberately across the unit -- perhaps as other nosocomial infections or other patient safety issues related to medication or blood product transfusion becomes the new, largest threat and it would be prudent to shift some attention there. That's not because you have gotten to zero in CLABSI, but in deploying your resources you want to do that in the most intelligent want to maximize safety and quality in the care environment."
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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