Pronovost: Commitment, interventions reduce infection rates

07/26/2011 | Modern Healthcare (free registration)

After working with more than 1,000 hospitals, Dr. Peter Pronovost, medical director at the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care at Johns Hopkins Medicine, has developed a list of interventions that significantly reduce rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections. He says hospital leaders must commit to a zero-infection rate and hold unit leaders responsible, checklists must be used, catheter insertion and maintenance practices should be standardized, and infection preventionists should investigate problems, train staff and monitor practices.

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