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JHAH Celebrates Zero CLABSI Incidences in the NICU in over a year

JHAH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has achieved zero Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) incidences for more than one year (September 2021 – October 2022). This is a key indicator of Patient Safety and a quality and safety milestone we celebrate at JHAH. CLABSI is associated with increased mortality/death rates (mortality rates up to 25%) and costly hospital-associated infections. JHAH’s aim is for zero CLABSI rates in our multiple ICUs.

Newborn infants, including premature infants over 23 weeks (450 grams) gestation, are high-risk patients and susceptible to various microorganisms. Late-onset sepsis occurs in plus or minus 35% of deficient birth-weight infants. Most onset is caused by central lines such as an Umbilical Venous catheter, Umbilical Arterial Catheter, and Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter.

Infants who experience CLABSI have a high mortality rate, poor growth, neurodevelopmental outcomes, and prolonged hospital stays. With zero CLABSI, we enhance the babies’ survival, prognosis, and quality of life as well as reduce time spent at the hospital.

Zero CLABSI in NICU 2022

JHAH staff celebrating the NICU Zero CLABSI Incidences with JHAH CE, Dr. Walsh

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