CTSU reaches two years without a CLABSI

This excellence is patient care has been recognized by physicians, nurses, and administrators across UNC Health Care

The Cardiothoracic Stepdown Unit (CTSU) has gone two full years without a central line-associated blood stream infection – or CLABSI - in their patients.  The CTSU reached this milestone on January 12, 2014.

To learn more about CLABSI and the CTSU procedures in place to make this achievement possible, click here.

Check out what our colleagues around UNC Health Care are saying about this achievement:

CONGRATULATIONS!!! We have officially gone over 2 years without a Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection!!! THANK YOU for all of your hard work and dedication that made this happen. I am so proud of our unit!! – Tracie Rivet, MA, BSN, RN, PCCN, CTSU Nurse Manager

This is exceptional and the CTSU team should be extraordinarily proud of this accomplishment especially considering the high number of catheter days in  CTSU (e.g., 3131 catheter days in 2013).  Congratulations!  - William A. Rutala, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program

What a fabulous accomplishment for you and the CTSU team, and what great outcomes for our patients!  I am very proud of you all for this outstanding accomplishment, many thanks for the great work that you do. - Catherine K. Madigan, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Wow!  This is truly outstanding!  I couldn’t be more proud of the CTSU team and continue to be awed by these outstanding outcomes!  Keep up the great work!  - Jacqueline M. Harden, MHA, MBA, RN, CCRN, NE-BC, Director, Inpatient Heart & Vascular Services

I want to officially announce that CTSU has been over two years without a CLABSI.  I want to congratulate them on all of their hard work and dedication to making this possible. -   Lisa Teal RN, BSN, Hospital Epidemiology

Congratulations to everyone in CTSU for reaching this fantastic milestone in preventing patient harms!  Thank you to everyone in the CTSU for the outstanding care that you provide every day. - Larry Mandelkehr, Director of Performance Improvement