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Nazareth Hospital Triumphs With Innovative Infection Prevention Strategy: Success in Eliminating CLABSI

Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Hospital has been formally recognised for its revolutionary efforts in infection prevention, securing the coveted ‘In Safe Hands Award’ from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for 2024. The award acknowledges a distinct initiative developed by Nazareth Hospital aimed at annihilating central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). The successful approach relied on the formation of a specialized ‘Vascular Access Team.’

This team comprised of specially trained nurses with a specific focus on handling and caring for vascular access devices and central venous catheter lines, which are often involved in cases of CLABSI. Embedded in a network of physicians, regular nursing staff, and infection prevention experts, these specialized nurses employed empirically-supported strategies to steer the application and upkeep of the central venous catheter lines.

The establishment of the Vascular Access Team has had significant, measurable success. Following their deployment, Nazareth Hospital reported absolutely no occurrence of CLABSI infections throughout the entire hospital for an impressive period of 14 months. Notably, the rates of CLABSI infections continue to be exceptionally low, a testament to the enduring efficacy of the initiative.

Nazareth’s president, Dr. Michael Magro, acclaimed the award as a reflection of the hospital’s continued commitment to ensuring patient safety and delivering high-quality medical care. He expressed pride in the meritorious efforts made in the protection of patients necessitating a central line to manage their clinical conditions, as they are typically more susceptible to infections.

Nazareth’s initiative was among 13 other initiatives lauded by HAP via its 2024 Achievement Awards, a program inaugurated in 1978 to applaud hospitals and health systems employing innovative measures to boost patient safety, optimize operations, and amplify patient experiences. Contesting against peer organizations of similar capacity, Nazareth won the ‘In Safe Hands Award’, which hails the initiatives demonstrating significant improvements in patient safety.

All entries were evaluated based on specific benchmarks including outcomes, adaptability, and the lens of ‘health equity’ within their project. The ceremony saw 93 submissions for this year’s Achievement Awards, further accentuating the significant achievement by Nazareth Hospital.


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