At Novant Health, we support the nationwide effort to ensure that patients coming into the hospital with specific conditions receive recommended care. These recommendations are based on years of research on interventions that have been proven to improve outcomes for these conditions.
Critically ill patients in the intensive care units (ICU) are a group of patients who are at high risk of infection. Many patients in the ICU have urinary catheters, central line intravenous catheters or are on respiratory life support. There are infection rates associated with the use of these devices. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), through its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), collects infection rates on these devices from hospitals across the country. The rates are then averaged and best performance benchmarks are established. We compare our infection rates to the NHSN averages, with our goal always to be better than the national benchmarks.
A central line is a device inserted directly into a major blood vessel to allow quick delivery of medications.
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a sub-type of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) which occurs in people who are on mechanical ventilation through an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube for 48 hours or more.
Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common type of hospital-acquired infection.