For the second year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in partnership with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), sponsored a program to recognize teams of critical care professionals and healthcare institutions for outstanding leadership to reduce or eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The awards recognize benchmark systems of excellence that have reduced targeted HAIs and sustained the reductions for 25 months or longer. The national awards strive to motivate the healthcare community to reduce or eliminate HAIs on a large scale and encourage healthcare professionals, including clinicians, nurses, and hospital executives, to use evidence-based guidelines to improve clinical practice. The 2012 awards recognize success in reducing or eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSIs, and ventilator-associated pneumonia, also called VAP.
The awards were announced May 21, 2012 at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, Florida. See the press release for the names of the twelve recipients of the 2012 award.