Alliant Featured in Quality in Action Blog – September 2023 Edition
A large rural hospital in Georgia began working with Alliant to reduce its CLABSI rate in June of 2022. In conjunction with a Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) quality improvement coach and the hospital, Alliant conducted a root-cause analysis. The analysis revealed that a large group of physicians and nurses participated in the insertion, maintenance, and removal of Central Venous Catheters (CVCs) and Peripherally Inserted Center Catheters (PICCs). Inconsistencies with insertion may have contributed to an increase in infections. To address these inconsistencies, the hospital developed a Central Line Infusion team.
When Alliant began working with the hospital, it had a baseline of five CLABSI cases (October 2020 – September 2021). With the assistance of the quality improvement coach, Alliant’s resources, and the Central Line Infusion team, the hospital achieved a Standard Infection Ratio (SIR) of 0.67 and a 71.43 percent relative improvement rate (RIR) as of October 2022. There were three CLABSIs avoided, and a methodology recommended by CMS, based on the White Paper, Draft Final Report Estimating the Additional Hospital Inpatient Cost and Mortality Associated with Selected Hospital Acquired Conditions, estimated a cost savings of $165,398. As of April 2023, the hospital is maintaining a 0.00 percent SIR with a 100 percent RIR.