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Nazareth awarded for infection prevention

Nazareth Hospital announced that it has received the 2024 In Safe Hands Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, in recognition of an initiative designed to eliminate central line-associated bloodstream infections through the implementation of a focused team.

To reduce the risk of infection in patients with a central line, or central venous catheter, Nazareth implemented a group of specially trained nurses who focus on the use and care of vascular access devices and lines. Called the “Vascular Access Team,” these specialized nurses work in conjunction with physicians, other nurses and infection prevention experts, using evidence-based strategies to guide and manage CVC use and maintenance.

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Following the deployment of the Vascular Access Team, Nazareth achieved zero CLABSI infections throughout the entire hospital for a 14-month span. CLABSI rates remain very low today.

“This award is a testament to Nazareth Hospital’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality care for our patients,” said Dr. Michael Magro, president of Nazareth. “Patients who require a central line to manage their clinical condition are inherently at higher risk for infection. I am proud of the dedicated work that has gone into protecting this particularly vulnerable population within our hospital.”

Nazarethl’s initiative was one of 13 recognized by HAP through its 2024 Achievement Awards. Started in 1978, the program recognizes hospitals and health systems that are taking innovative approaches to strengthening the safety and quality of care, enhancing operations and patients’ experience, and partnering with their communities to address public health needs.

Nazareth competed against organizations of a similar size for the In Safe Hands Award, which celebrates hospitals’ and health systems’ work to improve patient safety. Entries were scored on specific criteria including results, adaptability and how the goal of advancing “health equity” was embedded in the initiative. In total, there were 93 entries for this year’s Achievement Awards. ••

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