Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Chch Hospital Intensive Care Unit Marks Important Milestone

November 26, 2012

MEDIA RELEASE

Christchurch Hospital Intensive Care Unit Marks Important Milestone

Christchurch Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit is celebrating a full year of being Central Line Associated Bacteraemia (CLAB) free.

Tomorrow (November 27) will mark 365 CLAB-free days and media are invited to attend a photo opportunity.

Intensive Care Specialist Dave Knight says Canterbury is one of the leading District Health Boards (DHBs) in the country in reducing hospital acquired blood infections and this is an important landmark as part of its participation in the national collaboration to prevent CLAB.

“Before the project started our maximum CLAB free gap was 90 days. So this is a remarkable team effort and shows that a motivated, coordinated, multidisciplinary team can deliver tangible improvements to the health of Cantabrians,” Dr Knight says.

About half of patients admitted to ICU will require a central venous catheter (a bloodstream catheter that is put into a large vein) and last year about 43 critically ill patients developed CLAB while in ICUs across the country.

Once established a CLAB carries a 10 to 50 per cent mortality rate and adds between $20,000 to $50,000 to the hospital bill.

“Because of this, the measurement and prevention of CLAB has become one of the major quality targets for the critical care community. The end result will be safer patient care, shorter stays in ICU, and reduced cost – which can be spent on healthcare improvements,” Dr Knight says.

The goal of the national CLAB project, which is supported by the Health Quality and Safety Commission, is collaboration between all 20 DHBs to coordinate a quality improvement initiative targeting elimination of CLAB in ICU patients.

Dr Knight says CDHB among the few DHBs with a clean record for CLAB and the effort represents saving 20 CLABs in 20 patients over a year, a saving of up to $500,000.

“Three powerful facts are that we have prevented up to 20 CLABs in Christchurch Hospital’s ICU over the last year (based on historic data). We have therefore saved up to 10 lives and saved CDHB an estimated half million dollars,” he says.

“An important aspect of the project’s success is the sterling work CDHB’s TeleHealth service does to support it. TeleHealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via video conferencing technologies.”

| www.cdhb.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news