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Kettering Health

Kettering Health Network

Challenge

Kettering Health Network (KHN) is a not-for-profit network of 8 hospitals and 120+ outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. They are committed to transforming the healthcare experience with world class health services for every stage of life. Like many health organizations this size, KHN experienced a growing number of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), which had doubled over the prior year. According to the National Institute of Health, CLABSIs are the costliest of all healthcare–associated infections, accounting for approximately $46,000 per case.

Solution

A CLABSI Task Force was formed with performance improvement activities initiated. After surveillance, the Task Force leveraged the HealthStream Learning Center and Checklist to educate and ensure consistent practice of thousands of clinicians across hundreds of locations. With a focus on various central line skills, HealthStream Checklist helped to standardize nursing care and report validation of competency through an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly interface.

Results

KHN was able to decrease their rate of CLABSIs by 90% in just over one year, saving over $1,000,000 each year. This was their first network-wide use of HealthStream Checklist which proved highly effective for organizational quality and regulatory initiatives. Not only was KHN able to achieve a meaningful outcome but operationalizing the validation of a required and complex competency was dramatically simplified. KHN also received a HealthStream Award of Excellence for this outstanding achievement in clinical development.

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