On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, Dr. Julius Pham from the Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group (JHU QSRG) and the SCHA Quality and Patient Safety Team joined participating South Carolina hospitals for their final meeting to close the On the CUSP: Stop BSI two year collaborative. In the summer of 2009 SCHA partnered with JHU QSRG in the On the CUSP: Stop BSI collaborative to combat the estimated 250,000 central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) that occur in hospitals each year and as many as 62,000 patients who die as a result. Over the past two years, SCHA and JHU QSRG have offered national and statewide education, resources and support for the implementation of interventions to reduce CLABSIs and to sustain its elimination throughout participating facilities.
Forty-seven units in 21 South Carolina Hospitals participated in On the CUSP: Stop BSI. After two years, these hospitals have prevented an estimated 25 blood stream infections, 196 excessive hospital days, and saved nearly $1.3 million through their work to reduce CLABSIs. Most importantly, they have saved an estimated three South Carolinian lives. Although the collaborative has come to an end, these hospitals will continue their work to eliminate CLABSIs until they all reach and maintain zero CLABSIs throughout each of their hospitals.
The following units who were recognized for their exceptional performance throughout the On the CUSP: Stop BSI collaborative:
Beaufort Memorial Hospital: ICU
Hilton Head Hospital: ICU
MUSC Medical Center: Pediatric ICU
Roper Hospital: ICU
Waccamaw Community Hospital: CCU
Sustained Zero Rate of Central Line Infections
Beaufort Memorial Hospital: PCU
Bon Secours St Francis Hospital-Greenville: Medical/Surgical CCU
Bon Secours St Francis Hospital-Greenville: Medical/ Surgical ICU
Oconee Medical Center: CCU
Mid-Collaborative Most Improved
Palmetto Health: Medical Oncology