Dedicated trauma ICU cuts infections rates

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 3, 2015

Two changes affecting trauma care at a Florida hospital cost nothing to make, but saved the hospital more than $100,000 over nine months.

When a clinician presents hospital administration data showing that its ICU isn’t performing as well as the ICU 30 miles up the road, leadership can react one of two ways: by taking offense, or making changes.

Robin Farrington, RN, trauma program manager at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, took the second option when she saw the results of a study in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery showing that trauma patients at her mixed ICU had worse outcomes than one admitted to a dedicated trauma unit ICU at Delray Medical Center in nearby Delray Beach.

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