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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that roughly two million health care-associated infections occur each year in U.S. hospitals.  These infections result in approximately $40 billion in excess health care costs and as many as 99,000 deaths.  More people die as the result of health care-associated infections (HAIs) than from breast cancer, AIDS, and auto accidents combined.  However there is good news: most HAIs are preventable.

In 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections.  As part of this action plan, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) increased support and scope of a project funded in 2008 to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and funded a second initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).  Both of these projects, On the CUSP: Stop BSI and On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI, apply the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to improve the culture of patient safety and implement evidence-based best practices to reduce the risk of infections.

 

The goals for this national project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to implement CUSP include:

  1. Improve Patient Safety Culture
  2. Reduce the Mean Rates of CLABSI by 25%
  3. Reduce the Mean Rates of CAUTI by 25%


 

This Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) Learning video from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality at John Hopkins Medicine.