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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - North Broward Medical Center Recognized for ZERO Blood Stream Infections

Deerfield Beach, FL - Broward Health North Broward Medical Center was recently recognized by the Florida Hospital Association for eliminating central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The ICU unit at North Broward Medical Center has had zero central line-associated blood stream infections in the past six months and was one of only eight hospitals recognized for eliminating bloodstream infections.

At the outset of the project, which began in September 2009, 34 ICUs within 21 hospitals were participating. As of June 2010, this collaborative had prevented 4.4 deaths, decreased patient days in hospitals by 288 and saved the health care system in Florida $3 million. Participating hospitals are averaging less than one blood stream infection per 1,000 line days, which is below the national average of 1.3 per 1,000 line days.

"This program has afforded us with many tools and best practices,” says Beverly Beyerlein-Davis, Regional Quality Manager and Patient Safety Officer at North Broward Medical Center. “We’ve incorporated portions of the program to other units and have seen a dramatic decrease in all healthcare associated infections."

All Florida hospitals are invited to participate in this patient safety program through a grant from AHRQ and the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association. HRET's partners are the Johns Hopkins University Quality & Safety Research Group and the Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. The program uses the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP). CUSP was first implemented in Michigan ICUs and was found to reduce the incidence of CLABSI to zero. It focuses on improving care through enhanced teamwork and a culture of patient safety.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.