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NewYork-Presbyterian Reduces Infection Rates

Hospital acquired conditions such as infections can add to the length of a hospital stay and are dangerous for patients. In 2012, the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System set a goal of reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in its intensive care units (ICUs) by 10%. Because studies have shown that hospital-acquired bloodstream infections often result from organisms on the skin entering through access points or other breaks in the skin, evidence-based protocols were implemented to ensure that patients bathed with antiseptic agents in ICUs. By bathing daily with 4% Chlorhexidine Gloconate soap, standardized infection rates decreased 25% over 18 months, far exceeding the 10% target.