UHC announced its selection as a coordinating entity for a 3-year, $7.3 million contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that has been awarded to the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in hospitals. The Armstrong Institute will lead the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) for ventilator-associated conditions and work in partnership with the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center and coordinating entities such as UHC to extend this vital research project's reach.
Ventilator-associated pneumonia is the most lethal of all hospital-acquired infections and affects about 250,000 patients each year. Through UHC's involvement, CUSP can bring its proven checklist for reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia to hospitals nationwide.
"This CUSP project will allow UHC members to further contribute to the critical goal of reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia," said Julie Cerese, UHC vice president, Performance Improvement. "We look forward to engaging our member hospitals and health systems as we strive to improve the quality and safety of patient care throughout the nation."