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AHRQ Safety Program for ICUs: CLABSI/CAUTI

Through funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HRET is working with ICUs from specific regions across the United States on the AHRQ Safety Program for ICUs: CLABSI/CAUTI. This program is designed to reduce or eliminate central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The program uses the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and evidence-based practices to reduce CLABSIs and CAUTIs.

Benefits to participating hospitals include:

  • Education on implementing the CUSP model and evidence-based practices to eliminate CLABSIs and CAUTIs
  • Reduction of CLABSI and CAUTI morbidity and mortality
  • Networking with ICUs and ICU physician and nurse mentors from other states and regions
  • Improvement of safety culture
  • Interaction with national expert faculty
  • Data interpretation training and support
  • Benchmarking performance with other ICUs

The National Project Team is comprised of national experts affiliated with the following:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (funder)
  • Health Research & Educational Trust
  • American Nurses Association
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • HealthInsight
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • University of Michigan Health System

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