Interdisciplinary Team Earns 2019 Collaborative Practice Award from the American Nurses Association-Michigan

Chris Olree stands in the middle, between Paul Crittenden, RN, and Aaron Agrusa, BSN, RN, and two representatives from the American Nurses Association-Michigan after receiving 2019 Collaborative Practice Award.

Congratulations to 4 Lacks and the Vascular Access Team (VAST) of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, who have earned the ANA-Michigan 2019 Collaborative Practice Award in March 2019.

The Collaborative Practice Award recognizes a health system or individual hospital for a collaborative project demonstrating an interdisciplinary approach to best practices that resulted in improved patient outcomes or cost savings.  The project on 4 Lacks, an inpatient cancer unit, was titled, “Project Zero:  Reduction of Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI) on an Oncology Unit.” This project involved collaboration between the 4 Lacks nursing staff and VAST to decrease central line infections.

Both groups worked together to increase communication and education among each other to enhance consistency of practice for patient central line care. Thanks to this project and other efforts from the staff, patients on 4 Lacks have not experienced a CLABSI since March 2017.

Congratulations to the health care team!

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