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YNHCH leaders at the Bridgeport Campus joined Neonatal ICU staff in celebrating two-and-a-half years without a CLABSI.


The Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Neonatal ICU at Bridgeport Hospital recently marked two-and-a-half years without a central line-associated bloodstream infection.

"You are role models in providing the safest care for these fragile newborns," Cynthia Sparer, senior vice president, Operations, and executive director, YNHCH, told staff at a June 21 celebration. "This is a great accomplishment by a great team, and we honor you for your continuing efforts."

Harris Jacobs, MD, administrative director of YNHCH at Bridgeport, noted that staff's commitment to proper care of central lines prevented complications and longer hospital stays and in some cases, helped save lives.

"What makes it more impressive is that 473 lines were placed and managed in those two-and-a-half years," added Director of Neonatology Robert Herzlinger, MD. "This is also an example of how collaboration between Yale New Haven Children's Hospital staff in Bridgeport and New Haven is making a positive impact. Outcomes, including long-term outcomes, have dramatically improved."

"This monumental accomplishment was made possible by your commitment and attention to detail," said Julie Brown, RN, associate director, YNHCH at Bridgeport, who also thanked staff from the Bridgeport Hospital Women's Care Center and Float Pool for supporting the NICU.

The Pediatric Service at Bridgeport became part of Yale New Haven Children's Hospital in 2012.