CLABSI Reductions Saved $1.8B in Healthcare Costs, Says CDC
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) released a statement on the CDC report saying the reduction "reflects a focus by direct care providers, in collaboration with infection preventionists, on improving patient safety and preventing this serious type of healthcare-associated infection (HAI)."
However, the association added, “Continued progress in preventing HAIs requires adequate resources dedicated to infection prevention and control programs. Healthcare institutions can replicate the CLABSI improvement efforts seen in ICUs by applying similar and equally rigorous prevention strategies and resources in other areas.
"Staff in outpatient settings, including hemodialysis centers, need resources and infection prevention education, in order for the most up-to-date, evidence-based measures to be applied on a consistent and sustained basis."
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Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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