February 5, 2020

FHA Successfully Concludes the ICU Safety Project

Congratulations to those hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) participating in the AHRQ Safety Program for Intensive Care Units (ICU): Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI. This 12-month program funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focused on reducing central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and device use in adult ICUs. Over the past year, participating units completed a needs assessment, reviewed data, participated in on-demand training programs and virtual learning calls and developed action plans to sustain the improvements achieved. Overall, the 22 hospitals with 29 ICUs saw a significant drop in device use and reductions in infection rates.

On Jan. 9, 2020, FHA hosted the ICU Safety Program close-out meeting, which focused on sustaining a culture of safety and preventing infections. Key speaker and facilitator Kathleen Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FCNS, FAAN, critical care clinical nurse specialist, educator and consultant, discussed culture of safety and the importance of always asking the question, 'How are we going to prevent harm today?' David George, BSN, CCRN, director of nursing administration for AdventHealth Altamonte Springs, talked to participants about the hospital's ICU safety journey and best practices for CLABSI reduction. The keys to success highlighted at the workshop were:

  • Unit-based culture of safety and respect
  • Adoption and standardization of evidence-based practice
  • Empowerment
  • Teamwork
  • Celebration!

We want to thank and congratulate the following participating hospital and unit teams for working with FHA and the AHRQ ICU Safety Program's national project team on improving patient safety in the ICU. The hard work and dedication by these teams is truly outstanding:

  • AdventHealth Altamonte Springs: ICU
  • AdventHealth Kissimmee: 8630-08 ICU
  • AdventHealth Ocala: ICU Medical
  • AdventHealth Waterman: 2 North ICU
  • Ascension Sacred Heart Bay: 4th Floor ICU
  • Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside: 3100 ICU
  • Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside:3600 CCU
  • Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside:4E ICU
  • Ascension St. Vincent's Southside: ICU
  • Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville: Weaver 10 ICU
  • Baptist Medical Center South: 4A-ICU
  • Bethesda Hospital East: Cardiothoracic CVICU
  • Bethesda Hospital East: CCU
  • Bethesda Hospital West: CCU
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital: CVICU
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital: SICU
  • Broward Health Coral Springs: ICU & CCU
  • Broward Health Medical Center: T ICU
  • Delray Medical Center: CV
  • Florida Medical Center - A Campus of North Shore: CVICU
  • Hialeah Hospital: ICU
  • Memorial Hospital West: ICU Combined
  • Morton Plant Hospital: CCUA
  • Morton Plant Hospital: ICU4
  • Morton Plant Hospital: ICU1
  • South Lake Hospital: ICU
  • Tampa General Hospital: Surgical Trauma ICU 5K1
  • Tampa General Hospital: Surgical Trauma ICU 5K2
  • UF Health Leesburg Hospital: ICU 2nd Floor