The Medical Intensive Care Unit at NUMC Reaches a Milestone!

Posted by Mama Yauk Wednesday, November 9, 2011 0 comments

Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554     516-572-5809
 * * * Press Release ***
The multidisciplinary patient care team of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Nassau University Medical Center has reach a milestone in patient care, with the unit celebrating one year without central line associated blood stream infection, reported President/CEO Arthur Gianelli. 

Gianelli congratulated the department, stating “Congratulations to the NUMC’s MICU team upon achieving such an important milestone in eliminating central line associated blood stream infections over the entire year for our MICU patients. It is quite an accomplishment… The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) reports that 48% of ICU patients have central venous catheters and that the case fatality rate for catheter-related BSIs approaches 20%. This equates to between 3,000 – 4,000 U.S. patients annually dying due to blood stream infections. NUMC adopted the use of the IHI Central Line Bundle elements to achieve compliance and decrease blood stream infections.”

Kathy Skarka, NuHealth’s chief nursing officer, added: “We are so proud of our MICU staff for championing such a successful initiative for the benefit of our patients. Five components of central line care were determined to be critical to this initiative: staff competency, appropriateness of central line site, duration of central line placement, access for blood draws, and line maintenance.”

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