Infection and Antibiotics Initiative
Reducing nosocomial infections and central-line associated bloodstream infections was the first NeoQIC collaborative quality improvement initiative, bringing all 10 Massachusetts NICUs together to share strategies, compare data, and learn from each other. The initial project extended from 2006 to 2015, and as a group, we saw a reduction in nosocomial infection and CLABSI rates in our NICUs of over 60%.
The project was relaunched in 2018. In addition to renewed efforts to reduce nosocomial infection rates even further, we are also examining the critical issue of antibiotic usage and stewardship. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is a close partner on this initiative.