Bethesda, Md., (September 24, 2012) – Suburban Hospital was recently awarded the Maryland Hospital Association’s prestigious CLABSI award for increasing patient safety by reducing the rate of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).Of the top 10 hospital units recognized, Suburban’s Intensive Care Unit was number one and Suburban Hospital was one of 23 Maryland hospitals to achieve zero line-associated bloodstream infections since the Maryland Hospital Association’s On the CUSP: Stop BSI initiative began in November 2010.
On the CUSP: Stop BSI initiative is a program developed by Johns Hopkins patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., and is supported by the Maryland Hospital Association and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).
“The goal of CUSP is to affect a culture committed to patient safety and we were recognized as number one for our participation and success in this two-year initiative” said Kimberley Kelly, RN, director of the Intensive Care Unit at Suburban Hospital. “The nurses, physicians and patient care techs have demonstrated a high level of attention to ensure central lines are inserted in a strict, sterile environment and maintained with the same level of vigilance.”
“This is an extraordinary example of how an effective and collaborative team approach can lead to dramatic improvements in the care we provide to our patients.” said Leo Rotello, M.D., medical director of the ICU at Suburban Hospital and critical care director for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.
Central line-associated bloodstream infections are a leading cause of healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals. They are usually linked to a central line or central venous catheter — a long thin tube inserted into a large vein and used to provide medicine, fluid, nutrients or blood over an extended period of time to the sickest patients. Those patients, especially the elderly and very young, may have fragile immune systems, making them more susceptible to infections.
About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for almost 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.