Jersey City Medical Center, reached a critical medical milestone in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. From 2014-2018, the hospital’s NICU has been “CLABSI-free,” sustaining zero cases of central line-associated bloodstream infection.
CLABSI is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality for infants, a population specifically susceptible to infections because of its immature immune system, the medical center said in a statement.
JCMC, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a state-designated regional perinatal center and its NICU is the only Level 3, and the highest level NICU, in Hudson County.
In the 5-year CLABSI-free period, the NICU cared for more than 1,500 infants. The hospital also has of one of the state’s only NicView system – an innovative webcam system, which offers secure viewing of NICU to families worldwide.
Michael Prilutsky, JCMC president and CEO, said in a statement, “JerseyCityMedicalCenter is proud of this achievement, and of our entire Maternal, Child Health and NICU team. Our goal is always to provide the highest level of safety and care to all our patients, especially to the most vulnerable ones in our care.”