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


Chch Hospital Intensive Care Unit Marks Important Milestone

November 26, 2012


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


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news