ICU central-line infections drop dramatically nationwide

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American hospital intensive care units cut central line-associated bloodstream infections by about 60% over nearly a decade, saving an estimated 27,000 lives and avoiding up to $1.8 billion in medical costs, said a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This is the first national success we have for patient safety in this country,” said Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD. He is principal investigator of a bundle of central-line infection prevention techniques that in 2006 demonstrated success statewide in Michigan and has spread to nearly 1,000 hospitals in 43 states.

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