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Kansas Hospitals Participate in National Patient Safety Project

Nursing professionals representing more than 40 Kansas hospitals met in Topeka last month to share widespread success stories. Hospitals participated in a national project to reduce and prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections, known as CAUTI.  Pratt Regional Medical Center, following guidelines of CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) in identifying and reporting healthcare-associated infections, was recognized at the event for decreasing the incidence of CAUTIs in the first 6 months of 2012, and having zero CAUTIs from July 2012 to present day. Kansas holds the distinction of being the state with the largest number of hospitals and units participating: 70 hospitals and 86 units.

Attendees participated in peer-to-peer hospital sharing presentations, dedicated sustainability planning time, and networking. The event concluded with recognition awards for improved patient safety. Cecile Pearce, PRMC’s Infection Control Nurse, participated in a panel discussion regarding best practices for reducing and preventing CAUTI.

“We strive to meet or exceed federal guidelines and are always willing to participate in projects geared toward improving patient safety,” Sherry Besser, PRMC’s Chief Nursing Officer said. “I am very proud of the quality of care we provide to our patients.”

The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative leads the statewide initiative as part of the national project, On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI. “CUSP” is the abbreviation for Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program that aims to improve the culture of patient safety and implement evidence-based best practices to reduce the risk of infections.  Participating hospital units learn how to improve safety culture and prevent CAUTIs using placement and care and removal interventions. Nationally over 600,000 patients each year develop urinary tract infections, 80 percent of which are catheter-related.

“I commend Kansas hospitals and their collective effort to drive down harm. Their participation underscores their commitment to make care safer for their patients,” said Kendra Tinsley, executive director of the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative.

For more information about the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and its initiatives, visit

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