GNYHA/UHF CLABs Quality Improvement Collaborative
Infection control in health care settings has emerged as a top priority across the country. A large and growing body of evidence demonstrates that infections cause significant harm to patients while adding major costs to health care delivery. JCAHO
has designated infection control as one of its National Patient Safety Goals, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
is developing several quality improvement measures focusing on infection control. In December 2004, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement challenged the health care community to commit to specific goals for patient safety improvement, including reduction of central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABs) acquired in intensive care units (ICUs).
The Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)
and United Hospital Fund (UHF)
have embarked upon a Quality Improvement Collaborative supporting the use of proven infection control practices in ICUs to improve the quality of care and patient safety. Thirty-eight hospitals throughout the Greater New York region are participating in the CLABs Collaborative, with the primary goal of reducing central line associated bloodstream infections. This Web site, called Joint Effort New York (Jeny), which is administered through IPRO, serves as the Collaborative's information-sharing resource center, and we encourage participating hospitals to view important information, documents, and tools, as well as to share best practices here.
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