Medical surgical ICU infection rate drops to zero
September 3, 2010
SYRACUSE, NY — The infection rate in Upstate University Hospital’s medical surgical intensive care unit, one of the highest in the state in 2008, dropped to zero last year, according to The Post-Standard.
The rate for central line associated blood stream infections in the unit that cares for critically ill patients had been 8.3 percent, the article noted.
Upstate put in place a checklist of steps required to safely place a central line and avoid infection: It also retrained staff members, began using ultrasound machines to help place catheters more accurately and has standardized all equipment and supplies related to central lines, the article stated.
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