Patient Safety is our Top Priority
UMMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jonathan Gottlieb talks about our central line bloodstream infection prevention efforts.
Keeping our patients safe from infections is a top priority at the University of Maryland Medical Center. That includes preventing infections that can result when patients in intensive care must have catheters, known as central lines, inserted to receive lifesaving medications.
Our rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) at the Medical Center has dropped dramatically over the past 21 months due to a systematic approach of continual improvement by all our staff. During the months of April to June 2011, there were 11 infections, or 1.4 infections per 1,000 central-line days. This represents a decrease of 74% in actual cases and a 74% drop in infections per 1,000 central-line days. Details are available in this chart.
Our program involves mandatory training for every individual who cares for patients with central lines. Measures include:
We believe it is important to openly report infection rate information publicly. We have been reporting this information since 2006 as part of the national Leapfrog survey. UMMC has been recognized as a Leapfrog Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality of care consistently since 2006 -- one of only two hospitals nationwide to be on the Leapfrog list every year.
Our Vigilance Remains High
We have one of the most challenging patient populations for infection in the nation with more trauma intensive care beds than any other hospital and 10 intensive care units receiving patients with complex illnesses from many other hospitals. Despite these challenges, our goal is to eliminate central line infections at our hospital; few experts think that is realistic, but it is still our goal.