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April 15, 2015

West Coast DHB celebrates patient safety milestone

West Coast DHB staff this week celebrated a major patient safety milestone, reaching 1000 days with no Central Line Associated Bacteraemia (CLAB).

CLAB is a blood stream infection caused by central line catheters which can lead to longer hospital stays together with an increased physical and financial cost. The prevention of CLAB is vital in the fight against healthcare-associated infections. DHBs across the country are working to reduce its occurrence.

West Coast DHB staff use standardised processes for inserting central lines, proven to significantly reduce the risk of CLAB. DHB facilities reached 1000 days CLAB-free on Tuesday.

"This excellent team achievement reflects our continued improvement in patient safety outcomes through improved practices," Quality and Patient Safety Manager Paul Norton says.

General Manager Grey Westland Mark Newsome congratulated the staff who are involved in this positive initiative to keep patients well.


For more information please contact:

Lee Harris,
Senior Communications Advisor
West Coast District Health Board
t: +64 27 836 1528

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