Hudson, FL (September 29, 2009) - The Regional Medical Center Bayonet point peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (pICC) Team presented a program for the Annual Vascular Access Conference that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada September 14 18. Over 1200 people, including nurses, physicians, and vendors from all over the world attended the conference.
Regional Center Bayonet point Team Leader, Susan Schillace, R.N. presented a program that defined process changes, improved technology, insertion technique and supplies/materials that effectively reduced Blood Stream Infections for peripherally inserted central lines from a rate of 3.4 (2007) to at or below 0.05 per 1000 catheter days in 2008 -2009.
Although the benefits of a pICC Team is well documented, CRBSIs (Catheter related blood stream infections) are all too common, costly, and potentially lethal. According to the CDC (2005), the average cost for treating a catheter related blood stream infection is between $25,000 to $45,000. Because CRBSI is a major cause of patient morbidity and mortality, eliminating BSI rates cannot be over stated. It decreases patient length of stay in a hospital, improves patient outcomes and decreases costs, thus increasing patient satisfaction.
The pICC Team started at Regional Medical Center Bayonet point in March of 2006. pICC Team Members include: Susan Schillace, R.N. Janet Draughon, R.N. Barbara Warren, R.N. and Timothy Creamer, R.N. Regional Medical Center Bayonet point is a 290-bed acute care facility located in Hudson, FL. Home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, over 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers comprise their integrated healthcare delivery team.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet point has been designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters and has been named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of Americas Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery. It has an Accredited Chest pain Center, Joint Commission Certified primary Stroke Center and an Approved, With Commendation, Community Cancer program, from the College of Surgeons.