Stop CR-BSIs at your facility

Sign up now for AHC Media's upcoming audio conference, The Buck Stops Soon: Prevent CR-BSIs or Pay Up on Thursday, March 26, 2008, from 1 p.m-2:30 p.m. ET. The 90-minute interactive audio conference will include 1.5 nursing contact hours and 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for your entire staff. Presented by William Jarvis, MD, one of the world's leading experts on health care epidemiology, the audio conference will explain how to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs), already one of the most expensive and deadly health care-associated infections. However, they are about to get a lot more costly for hospitals and other medical settings.

Catheter-related vascular infection is one of three "preventable conditions" targeted for payment cutbacks by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Effective October 2008, the costs for many CR-BSIs will be kicked back to hospitals. With private insurers expected to follow the CMS action, hospitals and health care systems have never had a greater incentive to prevent CR-BSIs.

But CR-BSIs don't just affect the bottom-line, they cause the flat line. Some 28,000 patients die annually of these infections, which emerging research and cutting-edge practice suggest are largely preventable. We're not talking about a rare event. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a quarter of a million patients annually acquire a blood stream infection related to a central venous catheter. Roughly a third of those are already in serious condition in an intensive care unit. The time has come; the buck is stopping. For proven strategies to save money and lives by preventing these infections, join us for a timely audio conference.

For more information and to take advantage of our early-bird special price of $249, call Customer Service at (800) 688-2421.