Dr. Julius Pham, JHU QSRG

Estimated $1.3 Million Saved Throughout the Stop BSI Collaborative

Dr. Julius Pham, JHU QSRG
Dr. Julius Pham and the SCHA join together for On the CUSP: Stop BSI, a two year collaborative.
Dr. Julius Pham, JHU QSRG

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:


Most Improved 

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

Kindred: Housewide

Palmetto Health: Medical Oncology


Congratulations to these hospitals and to all of the participating hospitals for your great success in improving the quality of care in South Carolina!