7/26/2011

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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