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Highmark's Collaboration With Hospitals and Doctors Continues to Yield Benefits for all Patients
Date:11/3/2010

yBLUE Primary Care Physician program.

A number of positive results were also revealed regarding hospital participation with the program.

A central line is an invasive catheter device inserted in a patient and used to monitor the circulating blood through the body, provide nourishment and administer medication. While these catheters are life sustaining, they introduce the risk of infections for patients.

QualityBLUE hospitals have been monitoring hospital-wide central line infections (CLAB) for four consecutive years and when compared to the Centers for Disease Control National Healthcare Safety Network (CDC-NHSN), the QualityBLUE CLAB rates have been consistently lower than the national hospital-wide rate.

A comparison during the four years demonstrates that QualityBLUE hospitals prevented 1,283 central line associated bloodstream infections, saving 154-321 lives and produced in $9.4 million to $37.4 million in patient care cost savings ($7,288 to $29,156 per CLAB.)

MRSA is an antibiotic resistant organism that can potentially cause life-threatening bloodstream and surgical site infections in hospital and community settings. QualityBLUE hospitals search for and identify MRSA-positive patients via nose cultures upon admission and discharge to hospital. Hospitals implement infection  prevention procedures to limit patient-to-patient spread. Through this program, 318 infections were averted with a potential cost savings of between $8.6 million and $11 million.

"The QualityBLUE program has been a powerful catalyst for needed change in health care facilities in Pennsylvania," said Michael Doering, executive director of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. "The positive results remind us that improvements can be made given appropriate attention by inspired health care professionals."

"This program has helped improve care for all patients, not just Highmark members because of the changes physicians and hospit
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