The Irish Healthcare Awards crowned St.Vincent’s Private Hospital the overall winner in the ‘Nursing Project of the Year category’ at a dazzling black tie gala dinner, held in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin, on Thursday, 16th November.
Known as the ‘Oscars’ of Irish healthcare, the competition was stronger than ever this year, with record entries received and at an exceptionally high standard.
Our submission ‘Down the line’- An On-going Quality Improvement Initiative to Prevent Central Line Blood Stream Infections focused on our commitment to providing a safe haven for our patients by enforcing standards of quality control, monitoring of progress and achieving accreditation which, combined, allow us to operate a hospital which is clean and professional. A key component of this patient safety is to track our on-going performance.
A number of objectives were identified by St Vincent’s Private Hospital to reduce the 2013 CLABSI rate and to provide enhanced patient outcomes and benchmark patient safety and care –
- Reduce CVC line infection rates to within internationally recognised benchmark (CDC) or below
- Improve compliance with collection of data recording CVC day utilisation
- Review and implement international best practice related to CVC line care
- Continue surveillance to ensure CLABSI rate reduces
- Provide targeted education to clinical staff related to CVC line care best practice and new initiatives of the working group
In order to meet our objectives, a ‘Quality Improvement Working Group’ was created and established a number of processes using the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) quality improvement cycle and as a result there has been a 75% reduction in CLABSI over the 4 year period (2013-2016).
This significant reduction of CLABSI occurrence in our patients has been achieved through the development of a comprehensive package including collection and analysis of CLABSI data, implementation of best practice, on-going surveillance and audit, training, participation and feedback from clinical staff and root cause analysis.