U.S. patients safer after hospitals emulate MHA Keystone Center project

As a result of collaborative efforts that began voluntarily in Michigan hospitals nearly a decade ago, patients across the country are now safer. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced last week that hospitals participating in the national On the CUSP: Stop Bloodstream Infections (BSI) project had successfully used a teaching and resources toolkit to reduce central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in adult intensive care units (ICUs) by 40 percent, saving more than 500 lives over four years.

An estimated 250,000 CLABSIs occur nationally each year, resulting in as many as 62,000 deaths. Through On the CUSP: Stop BSI, hospitals across the country collaborated to improve safety culture and reduce the average rate of CLABSIs. The project launched in 10 states in February 2009, with support from the AHRQ, using the MHA Keystone: ICU model developed by the MHA Keystone Center. That fall, invitations to participate were extended to hospitals from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Currently, 1,100 hospitals from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have enrolled in the national effort.

The MHA Keystone Center is proud to have worked with the experts at Johns Hopkins University, who pioneered the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), and the American Hospital Association’s Health Research & Educational Trust to develop the CUSP toolkit that has empowered a nation of clinicians and hospital leaders to make health care safer. Michigan hospital leaders and clinicians continue to innovate patient safety and quality programs that ensure patients in Michigan — and throughout the country — can benefit from the power of research, collaboration and evidence-based best practice.

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

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