All procedures carry some degree of risk to patient safety, although the magnitude of that risk is directly related to the intensity of the procedure. Non-invasive procedures may carry very low levels of risk while invasive procedures may present higher risk to patient safety. For acute care patients, significant procedure-associated conditions include central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), surgical site infection (SSI), and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The likelihood that these conditions will occur can be reduced by consistently applying evidence-based practices.
To advance patient safety during procedures, CPSI has developed Safer Healthcare Now! Getting Started Kits in the areas of CLABSI, SSI, and VAP. Safety for patients who undergo a procedure can also be improved by applying the two Safer Healthcare Now! Infection Prevention and Control Getting Started Kits and the Hand Hygiene Toolkit.