HAP Staff to Serve as PA Leads for New National ICU Safety Program;
Hospitals Invited to Participate
HAP Infection Preventionists Mary Catanzaro, RN, BSMT (ASCP), CIC FAPIC, and Clare Edelmayer, RN, MT (ASCP), MS, CIC FAPIC, will be the Pennsylvania leads for a new, national program designed to improve safety in hospital intensive care units (ICU) by reducing:
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) program will run for one year with the goal of giving ICUs a customized roadmap for addressing areas in need of improvement. Benefits of the program include:
  • Assessment of the current practices with a return report of areas in need of improvement
  • Learning modules for staff to view at any time
  • Individual one-on-one calls
  • Networking with other intensive care staff in the cohort
  • Data analysis of outcome and process measures
  • Virtual learning groups
  • Site visits
Training conducted by the Health Research and Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, has prepared the HAP Pennsylvania leads for their roles in the AHRQ program.
To learn more about the program and see if your intensive care unit(s) are eligible, contact Mary Catanzaro or Clare Edelmayer, project managers.

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