|Hawke’s Bay Hospital ICU leaders in clinical quality|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012 09:01|
Clinicians at Hawke’s
Intensive Care specialist Ross Freebairn said a year without a patient having a bloodstream infection, associated with a catheter in a large vein, is a significant milestone.
Patients who are admitted to ICU are extremely sick and many critically. More than half the
“Avoiding complications like serious infections improves patient care and health quality while at the same time reducing costs. A motivated and clinically focused team can deliver real health benefits to our sickest patients. This cannot be achieved without a combination of both high quality dedicated nursing staff and specialised medical expertise. We need to improve efficiency without compromising patient care - preventing unnecessary infections is one way to do both,” he said.
Dr Freebairn said antibiotic resistance was also a significant clinical risk and cost to Intensive Care services. “We need to avoid unnecessary antibiotic use by preventing infections. Excessive antibiotic use will not only increase pharmacy costs but will also fuel future antibiotic resistance. This is something we simply cannot afford. ”
The project is supported by the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand and is one of the first projects to improve collaboration between all New Zealand Intensive Care Units.