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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center Wins 2011 APIC Film Award

Coral Springs, FL - Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center (CSMC) recently won a top award from the nation’s leading infection-control organization for their film about their pioneering efforts to minimize catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs).

The film, entitled “Mission: Zero. Reducing CRBSIs at Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center,” won the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) held in Baltimore, MD. The eight-minute film was conference attendees’ top pick among nearly 36 entries in the Infection Prevention Film Festival. The conference had more than 4,000 attendees.

“This award is a source of great pride for our entire organization - not just Coral Springs Medical Center but also the Broward Health system,” said Drew Grossman, CEO of CSMC. “The story of how we implemented a disinfection cap to address the CRBSI issue delivers an important message about how to minimize these dangerous infections. It demonstrates Broward Health’s commitment to delivering the best and safest patient care to the communities we serve.”

The film tells the story of how Ava Dobin, BSN/RN/CIC, regional manager of quality/safety at CSMC, went on a mission to reduce CRBSIs. She was supported by Grossman and other top administrators including Kimberley Jutras Graham, MBA/RN/NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer of CSMC.

CSMC decided to trial a new disinfection cap from April to June 2010 after noting the success rates their sister hospital, Broward Health North Broward Medical Center was achieving with the cap. The cap is bright orange and contains a foam pad inside that is saturated with 70 percent rubbing alcohol. The cap is easily twisted off and changed by the nurse after each patient use, disinfecting the valve top within only five seconds - 25 seconds less than manual disinfection.

“CRBSIs are one of the most dangerous infections a patient can get in a hospital,” said Dobin. “I am so proud to be associated with a healthcare system that has been recognized as national leader in preventing these infections.”

In just three months of utilizing the disinfection cap, CSMC saved an estimated $504,000  by completely eliminating CRBSIs. That success has continued, with infection rates remaining at nearly zero.

“When you make nurses’ jobs easier, everyone wins because then nurses have more time and energy to devote to other aspects of patient care,” said Graham. “It all started with Ava’s insights and the devotion of our administration to patient safety.”

The Coral Springs Medical Center Team
The Coral Springs Medical Center Team (l-r): Kimberley Jutras-Graham/COO & CNO;
Drew Grossman, CEO; and Ava Dobin, Regional Manager of Quality/Epidemiology

About Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center

Coral Springs Medical Center is a facility of Broward Health. Providing service for more than 50 years, Broward Health 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.