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

l 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
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