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Hudson Valley Hospital Center Helps to Change Infection Prevention Policies in ICUs


Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 15, 2012) –  Hudson Valley Hospital Center was one of six hospitals in Westchester to participate in a nine month study that has changed the way hospitals work at  reducing infection rates in intensive care patients.

The New York State Health Department sponsored study, published this month in the American Journal of Medicine, concluded that bathing patients in an antiseptic called chlorhexidine significantly reduced the rates of central line bloodstream infections in ICU patients. As a result of the study, the procedure is now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control as a way to reduce central line infections.

“The nurses in the ICU were all very excited about the positive results,’’ said Barbara Savatteri, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Control/Employee Health at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, who led the study at HVHC. “Not only are our patients doing well, but this data will be very helpful to hospitals nationwide. A lot of work, by a lot of people went into this study.’’

Savatteri said that from April 1, 2008 through December 1, 2008, HVHC used 2 percent solution of chlorhexidine to bathe patients and during that time bloodstream infection rates were cut by 50 percent. She said during the post study period, results were even more dramatic with a 0 percent rate of infection.

The findings are significant, according to the American Journal of Medicine, because bloodstream infections acquired through central venous catheters are a major risk for hospitalized patients. Reducing rates, it concludes, not only saves lives, but significantly reduces hospital stays, reducing the cost of healthcare.

“Our multiple hospital, 3-phase study demonstrates that chlorhexidine bathing is simple, well-tolerated infection control intervention that seems to significantly reduce central venous catheter associated bloodstream infection in intensive care unit/respiratory care unit settings,’’ the study concluded, according to the American Journal of Medicine.

The complete study can be found online at http://www.amjmed.com


Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org