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Reduce intensive care unit (ICU) infections (Leapfrog Group)

The descriptions for this measure come from source: www.leapfroggroup.org.

A central line is a catheter (tube) that is passed through a vein to end up in the chest portion of the vena cava (the large vein that returns blood to the heart) or in the right atrium of the heart. Central lines are used to deliver fluids and medications to the patient, among other purposes.
 
Bloodstream infections are a leading cause of death related to infection in the United States. A bloodstream infection is a possible complication of a central line, and these infections are often preventable.  It is important that hospitals take precautions to prevent infections, including central line-acquired infections.
 
Infections are an inherent risk in any surgical procedure and hospitalization. Surgical patients and patients who are ill are often more susceptible to infection, so it is important that medical staff take careful precautions to avoid introducing harmful bacteria into patients’ systems. Our goal is to avoid preventable infections completely.
 
About this measure
 
The Leapfrog Group collects data on the number of infections which occurred for 1000 days of central-line use in each intensive care unit. The specific measure results are displayed on the Leapfrog Group web site, www.leapfroggroup.org, for each intensive care unit separately. It is reported for each unit because the risk of infection varies by type of patient. The Leapfrog Group also creates a single score for overall infection performance. 
 
1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets Standards
 

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.
 

 
Most Recent Available Data (Leapfrog Points)
  2012
Northwestern Memorial 2
Leapfrog Goal Fully Meets Standards 4
Performance Trend (Leapfrog Points)
  2009 2010 2011 2012
Northwestern Memorial 2 3 3 2
Leapfrog Goal Fully Meets Standards 4 4 4 4
Source:Leapfrog Group, www.leapfroggroup.org
Reduce ICU Infections
Last UpdateDecember 18, 2012

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