Hospital Safety (SC)

Working to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections

The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) serves as the Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for South Carolina. CCME, a member of the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network (AQIN), partners with providers, stakeholders, patients and caregivers to create healthier communities. CCME collaborates with the QIO of New York and District of Columbia (DC) to meet our objectives.

In our current scope of work, we are tasked with reducing Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in hospitals throughout South Carolina.

A Collaborative Approach

Preventing these deadly infections has been designated a national priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). To support this call to action, CCME is working with hospitals and other providers throughout South Carolina to develop an evidence-based, patient-focused approach to preventing and reducing HAIs both in the ICU and non-ICU settings.


During the five-year period ending 2019, hospitals participating in CCME projects will work with local, state and national experts to achieve the following goals:

  • Decrease HAI Standardized Infection Ratio (SIRs) nationally by demonstrating significant, quantitative and measurable reductions in hospital acute care settings for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Prevent the occurrence of HAIs in hospital provider settings using evidence-based HAI prevention strategies

The HHS National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination has taken a tiered approach to HAI prevention and reduction, specifically within the hospital setting. CCME is aligning with the HHS HAI National Action Plan goals for reducing:

  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Clostridium difficile infections (CDI)

If you are interested in participating in the HAI reduction efforts in South Carolina or if you have any questions, please contact Chrystal Adams, RN at or 803-212-7519.

We value our QIN-QIO designation by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the opportunity it affords us to assist our colleagues in their work across all health care settings in South Carolina.



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