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Intensive care

Fighting infections
in our intensive care units

Critically-ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are at high risk of infection. Many patients in the ICU have urinary catheters, central line intravenous catheters or are on respiratory life support. While these treatment methods are very useful in providing care for our patients in ICU, they are also at risk for infections. That’s why we place so much attention to quality and safety in these units.

The Centers for Disease Control, through its National Healthcare Safety Network, collects infection rates from hospitals across the country. The rates are then averaged and best performance benchmarks are established to help Novant Health and our patients compare infection rates against national averages. Our goal is to always be better than the national benchmarks.

In the ICU, we measure three key infection rates: