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Cardiovascular Surgical Translational Study (CSTS)

This four-year study, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, aims to eliminate central line-associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia in patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery in centers across the country.

Each participating hospital creates a project safety team in the cardiac operating room, intensive care unit and surgical floor. The teams implement the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), which provides methods to improve teamwork and learn from mistakes, as well as evidence-based interventions to reduce infections.

In a novel focus on the continuum of care, the institute is helping all three teams to work together to improve hand-offs between the OR and ICU, the ICU and floor and the floor to home.

A number of professional societies are also supporting this work.

Project Portal

If your team is currently participating in this project or you would like to review presentations, tools and other content from the project, visit the Cardiovascular Surgical Translational Program project website.

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