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Partnership in Prevention Award winner honored for achievements in eliminating HAIs

On Monday, the Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn., was recognized for the 2012 Partnership in Prevention Award for achieving the greatest sustainable improvements towards eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

The award, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), is part of the HHS initiative, the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination.

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During the two-year award evaluation period (from 2009 to 2011), the Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital worked to implement a number of best practices taken from infection control, clinical microbiology and medical and nursing literature.

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Its intensive care unit rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) went from among the highest in Connecticut with 3.99 infections per 1,000 central line catheter days during the first 15 months of the program to one of the lowest with 0.18 infections per 1,000 central line catheter days during the last 18 months of the program.

The success was attributed to several interventions, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Central Line Bundle, tools gained from the Connecticut Hospital Association’s collaboration with the Johns Hopkins On the CUSP: Stop BSI program, as well as locally-developed interventions.

“It is especially fitting to recognize their accomplishments as we launch International Infection Prevention Week, which takes place Oct.14-20. The quality of the Partnership in Prevention Award applications, and the excellent programs they described, demonstrate that significant progress is being made in eliminating HAIs and protecting patients,” said Michelle Farber, APIC president, in a press release.

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In addition to Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital, three applications were awarded honorable mentions for the success demonstrated in their Partnership in Prevention award applications: Denver Health Medical Center, Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., and Shore Health System in Easton, Md.


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