Decreasing Bloodstream Infections Project
Nosocomial infections occur in in 15-30% of preterm infants and cause increased morbidity, mortality, and hospital costs. OPQC’s initial neonatal project produced a 20% sustained decrease in bloodstream infections in premature infants among 24 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). Currently, OPQC members are working to achieve >90% compliance with the reliable use of a catheter care maintenance bundle for all NICU teams. The OPQC Neonatal units have also begun focusing efforts on achieving further reductions in blood stream infection rates by increasing the immediate postpartum use of human milk feeding in 22 to 29 week gestation age infants.