At Presbyterian Healthcare, we support the nationwide effort to ensure that patients coming into the hospital with specific conditions receive recommended care. These recommendations are based on years of research on interventions that have been proven to improve outcomes for these conditions.
What are we doing to improve?
We want to eliminate all central line infections. We continue to promote adherence to safe practices, including meticulous hand hygiene by care givers, proper barrier precautions when placing a line (e.g. drapes for the patient, as well as mask and gloves for staff), proper skin cleansing with chlorhexidine, choosing the safest choice of location for central lines and finally, daily review of the need for the line, and prompt removal of unnecessary lines. When an infection is identified, an analysis of the cause is performed immediately to identify opportunities to improve care.