HHS report highlights hospital program to reduce infections

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the first in a series of reports on model health reform initiatives by highlighting the Michigan Keystone ICU Project as an example of “how health reform can improve the quality of care for all Americans.”


The report notes that the Keystone Project, a partnership between the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and Johns Hopkins University, estimates that Michigan hospitals have saved nearly 1,500 lives and $175 million per year by voluntarily participating in the evidence-based program to reduce catheter-associated bloodstream infections.


Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made $50 million in grants available for states to help fight health care associated infections across the country. Secretary Sebelius has called on hospitals across America to commit to reduce Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections in Intensive Care Units by 75 percent over the next three years by using the same checklist that has shown such success in Michigan.


(SOURCES: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, July 13, 2009; http://healthreform.gov, accessed July 20, 2009)