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The hidden harms of Matching Michigan
  1. Thomas J Heron,
  2. Christopher M Faraday,
  3. Paul Clarke
  1. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr P Clarke, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich NR4 7UY, UK; paul.clarke{at}nnuh.nhs.uk

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Matching Michigan (MM) was a 2-year interventional programme run by the National Health Service (NHS) National Patient Safety Agency during 2009–2011. It was a safety initiative which aimed to reduce central line-related bloodstream infections in intensive care patients through introduction of care bundles for the insertion and maintenance of central venous catheters (CVCs). Successful reductions in infections from CVCs were realised for adult and paediatric patients.1 Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) were also encouraged to join the MM programme, and 18 confirmed their intention to participate. Neonatal MM data were never reported by the National Patient Safety Agency.1 Consequently the true impact of MM in the NICU is unclear; data are presently limited to a report from a single centre.2 ,3 It is important that neonatal MM data be formally reported because more …

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