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Congratulations, quality and safety champs, and welcome to the Club! 

Yale New Haven Health’s Quality and Safety Department marked Patient Safety Awareness Week 2022 by recognizing units throughout the health system that are contributing to high-value care. 

During the week of March 13 - 19, 35 inpatient units throughout YNHHS became the first inductees into the “1,000 Day Club,” a new initiative sponsored by Quality and Safety and Nursing. The units were recognized for going 1,000 days without a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and/or a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). 

“Over the years, we have created and strengthened a number of programs that focus on patient safety; promoted opportunities for employees to speak up for safety; and held ourselves, and one another, accountable for providing a safe hospital environment,” said Alison Vail, executive director, YNHHS Safety and Quality. “The 1,000 Day Club recognizes employees who have met the challenge and are leading the way toward zero harm by creating a sustainable culture of safety on their units.”   

Four units throughout the health system joined the 1,000 Day Club for both CAUTI and CLABSI, including three at Yale New Haven Hospital: Medicine (Celentano 4), and Surgery (SLA 2 and Verdi 3 South).  

Other YNHH recipients were: 

  • CLABSI: Surgery (Main 6), Heart and Vascular Center (Verdi 5 East), Musculoskeletal and Neuro (Verdi 4 North), Observation (Verdi 2 South) Medicine (EP 4-6) and Surgery (EP 7-7). 
  • CAUTI: Medicine (SLA 3), Post-partum (EP 4-7), HVC (SP 5-3 and SP 5-4), SICU (SP 7-1), Pediatric Surgery (SP 7-2), Overflow ( NP 1), Maternal Special Care (WP 4) and Maternity (WP 8). 

While the program kicked off with CAUTI and CLABSI recognition, units that have met specific criteria for falls with injury and hospital-acquired pressure injuries will also be honored later this year. 

Staff on recognized units will receive a branded jacket with a 1,000 Day Club patch and insignia of the specific metric achieved. 

“To have gone 1,000 days without a hospital-acquired infection such as CLABSI and CAUTI is monumental, and represents the attention to detail that we would want our own family to receive,” said Beth Beckman, DNSc, chief nursing executive, Yale New Haven Health. “We are so proud of the outcomes that these outstanding units accomplished, and thank our bedside leaders for bringing their best every day.”   

Units that recently joined the 1,000 Day Club for meeting CLABSI or CAUTI metrics (or both) included Surgery (Verdi 3 South); the Surgical ICU (SP 7-1); and Pediatric Surgery (SP 7-2).