AHRQ Safety Program for ICUs

 Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI

About the Program

The AHRQ Safety Program for Intensive Care Units (ICUs): Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI is enrolling ICUs across the United States to take part in a 12-month program designed to reduce or eliminate central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The program aims to achieve these goals by fostering the implementation and adaption of the AHRQ Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and evidence-based practices. This program is funded and guided by AHRQ and led by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), the not-for-profit research and educational affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Interested in enrolling or learning more? Email icusafety@aha.org. Please include your name, organization, and State within the email message.

Key Partners

American Organization for Nursing Leadership
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Society of Critical Care Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System

 

  • Getting Started

    Welcome to the AHRQ Safety Program for Intensive Care Units (ICUs): Preventing CLABSI and CAUTI. We are so excited to partner with your ICU throughout this program! Through your participation in this initiative, you’ll work closely over a 12-month period with your ICU team and state lead in implementing the AHRQ Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to improve infection prevention practices and prevent CLABSI and CAUTI.

    On this website, you will find general information and links. The website is also the main portal for registered participants to access all program information, materials, online events, and updates.

    Registered participants are provided with a username and password to access the password-protected portion of the website. This a secure platform used to enter, track, and monitor program-specific data and reports, in addition to housing the program’s educational offerings and additional resources.

    Registered Participants: Access the program portal here for education, resources, and data management. For information on system requirements, how to activate your account, and data entry and reporting capabilities, please reach out to your state lead. Please also review the technical requirements below.

    Technical Requirements

    The program platform requires a connection to the internet. Use a browser that supports SSL (secure socket layer) encryption, such as Internet Explorer v8 or higher, Firefox v11.0 or higher, or Google Chrome, to access the data portal. You will need to allow pop-ups in order to access most tools and resources on the program website.

  • Data

    Data is an integral part of measuring success in this program. Participating units are expected to submit monthly outcome data and two supplemental measurement pieces (the ICU Assessment and the ICU Action Plan).

    ICU Assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to help your team clarify your ICU’s current HAI prevention practices, policies, and procedures, so that the educational program can be tailored to your needs. This form should be completed by the ICU program team lead in collaboration with individuals who have strong knowledge of current clinical and safety practices in the ICU, such as the ICU manager, infection preventionist, clinical educator or clinical nurse specialist, and bedside nurses. Each participating unit should submit one, unit-specific ICU Assessment.

    Upon submission of the ICU Assessment, the ICU program team lead will receive an ICU Assessment Feedback report explaining how to use the assessment results to identify evidence-based practices and other improvement opportunities. These results will aid in the creation of the ICU Action Plan.

    ICU Action Plan. The ICU team lead is responsible for completing one Action Plan and submitting the plan electronically after receiving the ICU Assessment Feedback report. The ICU team is encouraged to work together to identify gap(s) by reviewing various data sources (e.g., ICU Assessment, infection data, or other surveys/assessments), setting an aim statement, and finalizing an execution plan to achieve that aim over the course of this program.

    Registered Participants: Click here to access the program portal to enter your ICU Assessment, ICU Action Plan, and data management.

  • Education

    Onboarding Education. Onboarding webinars guide ICU teams through program initiation. Onboarding education outlines program goals, expectations, and how to use program tools and resources to get to zero CLABSI and CAUTI infections.

    Virtual Learning Groups (VLGs). These monthly virtual events are opportunities for ICU teams to interact with each other and subject matter experts, share specific challenges they are facing, and discuss strategies for successful program implementation.

    CLABSI and CAUTI Prevention Courses. Online courses provide information on clinical and cultural interventions. Through the CLABSI Prevention coursework and CAUTI Prevention coursework, individuals will learn how to prevent infection by disrupting the life cycle of the catheter device.

    Registered Participants: Click here to access the program portal to participate in VLGs, live webinars, watch online courses, and review educational resources.

  • Events

    Registered Participants: Click here to access the program portal to participate in VLGs, live webinars, watch online courses, and review educational resources.

  • Recruitment

    By joining this quality improvement program your hospital units will:

    • Work to achieve the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2020 CLABSI and CAUTI reduction goals
    • Gain experience implementing AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) model to create a culture of safety
    • Learn how to implement the AHRQ CUSP model and evidence-based practices to eliminate CLABSIs and CAUTIs
    • Network with other ICUs nationally to share best practices and address gaps in performance
    • Interact with expert national faculty
    • Access education on technical and adaptive strategies to eliminate CLABSIs and CAUTIs
    • Access data reports and benchmark performance with other participating ICUs

    Eligibility

    The only units eligible to participate are adult ICUs with a positive Cumulative Attributable Difference (CAD) in CLABSI and/or CAUTI within a specified 12-month time frame. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about the CAD metric.

    Participation Requirements

    • Participate in the entire 12-month intervention
    • Attend onboarding Webinars and access on-demand education modules as needed
    • Participate in monthly Virtual Learning Groups
    • Confer National Healthcare Safety Network rights to HRET or your State hospital association to provide CLABSI and/or CAUTI data
    • Meet internally as a team monthly to monitor CLABSI and/or CAUTI data and progress
    • Evaluate infection prevention practices at the beginning of the program using the ICU Assessment, to be provided to enrollees after program launch

    Resources

    Interested in enrolling or learning more? Email icusafety@aha.org. Please include your name, organization, and State within the email message.

  • State Lead Portal

    State leads who are supporting participating ICUs will have access to the State Lead Portal, which contains information applicable to leading the program at the state level. Portal login information will be distributed to state leads after their enrollment into the program.

    Click here to access the State Lead Portal.

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