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216 deaths averted, thanks to greatly reduced instances of pneumonia and bloodstream infections in New Jersey Hospitals

The NJHA Collaborative to Improve Quality of Care and Patient Safety in the ICU,” part of the NJHA Quality Institute, announced the results upon completion of a two year program dedicated to improving the quality of care in hospital intensive care units.

The results show that a potential for 216 deaths were averted due to the participation of 18 hospitals in implementing higher standards of care. Bloodstream infections in intensive care patients were reduced by 73%. The occurrence of ventilator-associated pneumonia fell 55%.

The program, launched in 2004, required hospital teams to undergo an intensive examination of the policies and practices in their intensive care units. The program required the hospitals to implement best care practices in their intensive care units that will be shared with hospitals nationwide. While deaths were averted due to these quality care implementations, costs were also reduced at participating hospitals as the avoidance of pneumonia and bloodstream infections saved an estimated $11 million in medical costs.

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