Healthcare facilities everywhere continue to make strides in preventing HAIs, thanks to the innovative and effective techniques of dedicated healthcare professionals. Kimberly-Clark created the HAI WATCHDOG* Awards in recognition of HAI champions who are making a difference in reducing and preventing these serious, often life-threatening infections

The awards program recognises the work and dedication of clinicians who are making a difference in reducing and preventing Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs). Each winner receives a $1,500 educational grant for their facility to support their continued efforts in reducing HAIs.

Kimberly-Clark states there was an overwhelming response to the 2013 awards with submissions that have helped to reduce HAIs in CSSDs, ICUs and throughout the hospital.

For the purposes of this award, the world is divided into regions:
United Kingdom and
Australia/New Zealand

The Alfred Hospital was the winner in  the Australia/New Zealand region, in the panel judged ICU Infection Prevention Initiative section with “CLABSI Prevention: Aiming for zero”.  The ICU team implemented a multi-faceted approach to reduce the Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) rate to zero. The program covered at all aspects of central line insertion and maintenance with the aim that no patient should suffer a CLABSI from a central line inserted or while being cared for in the ICU.

The Alfred ICU also won the Honorable mention in the same category with “Infectious Diseases ICU Liaison Service” .

The HAI website provides further background to these awards

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