Navigation Links
Hospira TheraDoc(TM) Infection Control Assistant(TM) Documents Interventions to Help Hospital Reduce Catheter-Related Infections
Date:7/13/2010

LAKE FOREST, Ill., July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), a leading provider of clinical information and medication delivery technologies, today announced a study showing how the TheraDoc™ clinical surveillance system helped clinicians at Memorial Hospital Miramar reduce catheter-related infections, which correlated with an increase in infection-control interventions. The hospital, which used TheraDoc to electronically track the number of interventions and catheters removed, as well as infection rates, is reporting the results in a poster presentation at the 2010 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) annual conference in New Orleans July 11–15.

Memorial Hospital Miramar, a 178-bed facility in South Florida, began using the TheraDoc Infection Control Assistant™ in 2008 to electronically record requests to remove urinary and central line catheters, and to document catheter-related urinary tract and bloodstream infections. Intervention requests were made by the hospital's infection preventionist, who attended daily rounds with the medical teams and often suggested the removal of urinary and central line catheters to help reduce infection risk. Months with more interventions were associated with fewer catheter-related infections, providing data to support infection-prevention efforts.

Catheter-associated infections are a significant problem for hospitals. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for 40 percent of the healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in the United States,(1) and 250,000 to 500,000 catheter-associated bloodstream infections (CABIs) occur in the nation each year. In addition to improving patient safety, avoiding these infections can result in significant cost savings for hospitals -- costs for each UTI and CABI are estimated at $600 and up to $29,000, respectively.(2)

According to Alex Chavez, C.I.C., infection-control practitioner at Memorial Hospital Miramar, preventing catheter-related infections is a focus for infection preventionists, but manually documenting and assessing the impact of interventions on infection rates can be challenging. When Chavez learned that the hospital was using TheraDoc to assess pharmacy interventions, he realized that the technology could do the same for infection prevention.

"The ability to electronically document interventions and then tie them to reduced infection rates is critical," Chavez said. "TheraDoc helps us quantify the value of infection preventionists in improving patient care and demonstrates the importance of interactions between infection preventionists and clinical staff."

Memorial Hospital Miramar, part of Memorial Healthcare System, has been using TheraDoc for infection prevention since 2008. TheraDoc automates the collection and analysis of clinical data from a range of sources within the hospital and alerts caregivers to clinically significant changes in patients' conditions that need to be addressed. The software also helps coordinate communication among care teams and hospital executives, and facilitates reporting to public health officials and quality organizations.

"Memorial Healthcare's innovative use of the TheraDoc clinical surveillance platform spans many areas of patient care -- from documenting infection prevention and pharmacy activities and meeting pediatric asthma core quality measures, to tracking H1N1 influenza cases," said Stanley Pestotnik, M.S., R.Ph., general manager, TheraDoc. "Its success with these initiatives illustrates the versatility of the TheraDoc platform to help clinicians quickly address quality and patient safety challenges that hospitals face every day."  

Other abstracts related to TheraDoc being presented at the 2010 APIC meeting include:

  • Can Automated Surveillance Software Assist with Cohorting Patients with Multidrug-Resistant Organisms? Poster #12-128, Hahnamann University Hospital.
  • Does an Automated Infection Surveillance System Benefit a Hospital with Limited Information System Resources? Poster #12-131, Hahnamann University Hospital.

With the patented TheraDoc Expert System Platform as the engine, the Infection Control Assistant complements several hospital surveillance modules powered by TheraDoc, including the ADE Assistant™, Clinical Alerts Assistant™, Antibiotic Assistant™ and the company's newest TheraDoc module, the Anticoagulation Assistant™. With 1.7 million HAIs occurring annually, clinicians at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions used Infection Control Assistant to help reduce HAI-confirmation time by 50 percent while achieving 98 percent accuracy of infection identification.(3),(4) For more information about the TheraDoc platform, visit www.theradoc.com.

About Hospira

Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company dedicated to Advancing Wellness™. As the world leader in specialty generic injectable pharmaceuticals, Hospira offers one of the broadest portfolios of generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management solutions. Through its products, Hospira helps improve the safety, cost and productivity of patient care. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has approximately 13,500 employees. Learn more at www.hospira.com.

(1) Johnson J, Kuskowski M, Wilt T. Systematic review: antimicrobial urinary catheters to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infection in hospitalized patients. Ann Intern Med. Jan. 17 2006;144:116–126.

(2) Weinstein R. An evidence-based approach to the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospitalized patients.  http://cme.medscape.com/viewarticle/705882. Accessed May 19, 2010.

(3) Klevens RM, Edwards JR, et. al. Estimating health care-associated infections and deaths in U.S. hospitals. Public Health Reports: Volume 122, March–April 2007. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/pdf/Scott_CostPaper.pdf Accessed Nov. 4, 2009.

(4) Xiaoyan S, Mackie K, et. al. Benefits of using TheraDoc to assist in surveillance for central line associated nomsocomial bloodstream Infections (CA-BSIs). 17th Annual Scientific Session. SHEA, 2006.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Hospira, Inc.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Hospira Announces Intention to Complete Tender Offer for Shares of Javelin Pharmaceuticals
2. Hospira Receives FDA Approval for Meropenem for Injection, USP (I.V.)
3. Hospira Announces Further Extension of Tender Offer for Shares of Javelin Pharmaceuticals
4. Hospira to Standardize Intravenous (I.V.) Administration Sets Portfolio to Non-DEHP
5. Hospira Highlights a Year of Significant Progress at Its 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders
6. Hospira to Present at Citi 2010 Global Health Care Conference May 27, 2010
7. Hospira Supports Disaster Relief Efforts in Haiti With Products and Cash Grants
8. Hospira to Present at J.P. Morgan 28th Annual Healthcare Conference Jan. 13, 2010
9. Hospira to Host Conference Call for Fourth-Quarter 2009 Results and 2010 Projections
10. Hospira Expands VisIV(TM) Portfolio to Offer Complete Range of Environmentally Friendly I.V. Containers
11. Hospira Acquires TheraDoc, Enhances Medication Safety and Infection Management Offerings
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... Calif. , Feb. 11, 2016  Walgreens has ... across 39 states and Washington, D.C. ... a move that was commended by shareholder advocacy organization As ... at As You Sow. "Many people hold on to unneeded ... which can have tragic consequences." --> Conrad ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016 Potrero Medical, Inc., the developer of the ... appointment of George M. Rapier, III , MD, to ... , WellMed is one of the nation,s largest physician ... members in Texas and ... his own internal medicine practice, he has been instrumental to ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... N.C. , Feb. 11, 2016 ... leading provider of custom manufacturing and development services ... expanded sterile fill-finish capabilities and capacity in its ... growth in demand has driven several recent investments. ... 2001 it had one filling line with small-scale ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... today announced the integration of Clarity Intelligence Platform (CIP) into Cielo®, a discovery, ... real-time business intelligence (BI) to their small and medium business (SMB) clients. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Vail knee specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD ... 2016 . The list consists of physicians establishing, leading and partnering with ambulatory surgery ... , An Ambulatory Surgery Center, also known as an ASC, is a modern health ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... For Coast Dental dentist Everet Lake, ... and dental assistant Terrell Moore shortly before 7 a.m. to volunteer at Friday’s Dentistry ... donating their time and skills to help hundreds of uninsured and underinsured people receive ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Homeowners now have ... possibilities. CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, has improved upon its ... in the mobile version of the ColorView® Exterior Style and Color Selector. Created ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The aging population and ... long term care. With that, says Patrick Loughney, president of Longtree & ... in long term care environments. His company, which offers prep courses and workshops ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):