​​​​​​Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI.

AHRQ Safety Program for ICUs: Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI​
This initiative focuses on reducing the rate of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospital intensive care units (ICUs). The program uses the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and other evidence-based practices to reduce CLABSIs and CAUTIs. The CUSP approach focuses on the science of safety and includes a combination of technical and adaptive components (i.e., clinical and cultural/behavioral.) ICU teams assess their ICU culture and clinical practices and are coached to conduct small tests of change, analyze defects, and set realistic, measurable goals to improve unit-based safety. While the project focuses on CLABSI and CAUTI reduction, tools and methods utilized can be applied to a variety of unit-based safety improvement efforts. This project expands what was learned in previous AHRQ-funded projects, tailors the approach to ICUs with opportunities for CLABSI and CAUTI reduction, and brings the best available knowledge to help frontline staff in ICUs reduce these infections.

The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), the not-for-profit research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), is managing this national project funded and guided by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ​), in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In partnership with HRET, IHA is leading a group of 12 Indiana ICU’s and 5 Michigan hospital ICUs. This 12-month cohort began in April 2018.

Participating hospitals benefit from the following:

  • Work to achieve the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2020 CLABSI and CAUTI reduction goals
  • Gain experience implementing AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) model to create a culture of safety 
  • Learn how to implement the AHRQ CUSP model and evidence-based practices to eliminate CLABSIs and CAUTIs 
  • Network with other ICUs nationally to share best practices and address gaps in performance
  • Interact with expert national faculty 
  • Access education on technical and adaptive strategies to eliminate CLABSIs and CAUTIs 
  • Access data reports and benchmark performance with other participating ICUs​

For more information, please email Kim Radant.