STOP Blood Stream Infections (BSI)
Imagine that the United States is confronted with a deadly virus; a virus that claims nearly 100,000 victims a year, 2.5 million lives over the last quarter century. Researchers developed a new therapy that virtually eliminated the two subtypes of this disease that caused most of the deaths. They saved nearly 2,000 lives and $200 million in one state in a year. If provided on a national level, this could have the potential to save more lives than any other medical discovery in the last 25 years.
If this therapy was a drug or device, the market would quickly respond. The therapy would spread throughout the United States. Private companies would produce it, sell it and compete with each other. As a result, lives would be saved, jobs would be created, and the inventor would be wealthy and perhaps receive a Nobel Prize.
The disease is real. It is deadly and costly. But it’s not a virus. It’s health care acquired infections, and specifically, Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI), a type of infection that kills between 30,000 and 60,000 people a year and results in nearly $3 billion in excess costs. The therapy to prevent this is equally real. Yet it is not a drug or device, but a safety program that summarizes evidence into checklists, measures infection rates and uses tools to improve teamwork and safety culture.
Hospitals across America have committed to reduce CLABSI. They are making use of a proven patient safety checklist that can dramatically reduce the rates of these life-threatening infections.
Controlling and preventing infections is a patient safety priority for Oregon hospitals. A national initiative, called Stop BSI, began in Oregon in 2009.
Nine Oregon hospitals have volunteered to join this major national initiative to eliminate central line blood stream infections in intensive care units. Those hospitals are:
- Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Falls
- Bay Area Hospital, Coos Bay
- Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland
- Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
- Mountain View Hospital, Madras
- Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis
- Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford
- St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton
- Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, Portland