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Quality Care: Surgical Quality
Patient Safety and Perioperative Services
Lifespan's Medical Simulation Center
The Rhode Island Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Collaborative is the first state-wide collaborative of its kind in the nation. Founded in 2005 and supported by grants from private medical foundations and other funding sources, the collaborative promotes safety and the reduction of ICU-related complications through education and training programs. All of Rhode Island's acute care hospitals, including Lifespan's Rhode Island, The Miriam Hospital and Newport hospitals, are active members the Rhode Island ICU Collaborative.
The ICU-related complications that pose serious health risks, and have been targeted for improvement by the Collaborative, include: central line-associated blood stream infections (CLASBSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and sepsis (whole-body blood infection).
Thanks to the Collaborative's comprehensive training for hospital staffs in the science of safety and improvement techniques, many lives have been saved and significant reductions of ICU-related complications state-wide have been reported.
The results of the Rhode Island ICU Collaborative's efforts, published in the August 2009 issue of Medicine & Health/Rhode Island (Vol. 92, No. 8), revealed:
The work of the Rhode Island ICU Collaborative, and the participation of Lifespan's affiliated hospitals in the Collaborative, is ongoing. The results of their efforts will be available for patient review as they are made public.