Zero tolerance curbs infections

As many as 70 percent of central line-associated bloodstream infections can be prevented with evidence-based strategies, according to a Joint Commission report released last week. Developed with the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the National Institutes of Health, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and others, the report provides guidance on infection prevention. The key is a zero-tolerance mindset, rather than meeting average benchmarks, to reduce, if not eliminate, central line-associated bloodstream infections. Even organizations with limited resources can cut down on healthcare-acquired infections, according to the report. Monograph (.pdf)