Improved Catheter Safety Measures Reduce Bloodstream Infections

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Study supports the value of medical centers upgrading their safety procedures to prevent catheter infections.
Study supports the value of medical centers upgrading their safety procedures to prevent catheter infections.

HealthDay News — Improved catheter safety measures in hospitals significantly reduce bloodstream infections and health care costs, according to a review published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine.1

Teryl Nuckols, MD, of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and colleagues analyzed data on catheter-related bloodstream infections at 113 US hospitals over the past decade.

The researchers found that, on average, improved catheter safety measures reduced infections by 57%. They also lowered the cost of treating such infections by $1.85 million at each hospital over 3 years.

"Due to the high cost of caring for patients when central-line infections develop, even sizable upfront investments in infection prevention can be associated with large net savings," Dr Nuckols said in a medical center news release.2 "On the basis of our findings, hospitals that have not yet achieved very low rates of infection can consider implementing a variety of safety practices."

References

  1. Nuckols TK, Keeler E2, Morton SC, et al. Economic evaluation of quality improvement interventions for bloodstream infections related to central Catheters: a systematic review. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176:1843-1854. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.6610
  2. Catheter safeguards at hospitals reduce infections and save money, study shows [news release]. Los Angeles, California: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. January 9, 2017.
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