Reporting scheme leads to cut in central line infection rates

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6861
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

A nationwide scheme in England to cut the number of infections from central venous catheters in intensive care has had a major effect over the past year. But it is unlikely to deliver the cost savings originally envisaged.

Jeanette Beer, from the National Patient Safety Agency, told the annual risk and patient safety conference organised by Healthcare Events that she was asked by the Department of Health to head a two year project to try to match the dramatic savings made in Michigan, where infection rates were cut from 7.7 per 1000 catheter days to 1.4 per 1000.

If those savings were replicated across the United States, it was estimated …

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