As part of our academic mission here, I think it is important to be aware of our colleagues’ ongoing research efforts.

Dan Theodoro – 28-month BJH study tracking the incidence of central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) for those lines placed in the ED by 98 physicians in 940 patients, ultimately demonstrating a CLABSI rate of 2.0/1000 catheter days, which compares favorably with the ICU rate of 2.3/1000 catheter days. Dan’s study also demonstrated that the introduction of a ED CLABSI prevention “bundle” reduced CLABSI rates from 3.0/1000 catheter days to 0.5/1000 catheter days.

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Rich Griffey – continuing his work in the emerging field of health literacy, Rich and statistician Melody Goodman report a secondary analysis of a convenience sampling of BJH ED and Wohl Clinic patients to determine if the addition of variables like age, gender, education, and ethnicity provide additional value beyond recently validated brief screening instruments for the “diagnosis” of low health literacy. They describe two best-fit statistical models with LR+ 3.3 and 2.8 and LR- 0.47 and 0.32.

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Congrats Dan and Rich!

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