Helps to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections
Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality, I’m Debra James with Healthcare 411. Information for better
There is no better time than football season to talk about
the importance of teamwork. When teams work together, everyone is able to do
their best job. Today, hospitals are using this approach to help reduce preventable
infections in intensive care units and other areas.
AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn Clancy has more:
Dr. Clancy: A program funded by AHRQ shows
that hospital-acquired infections in intensive care units can be reduced by
teamwork, best clinical practices and a strong commitment to safety. By following
this approach, ICUs in 44 states reduced the number of these infections by
40 percent over a four-year period. People used to think these potentially
deadly infections couldn’t be avoided. We now know this is not the case.
Debra: To learn more about this program, called
the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program, visit ahrq.gov.
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