CLABSI identified as best infection prevention term used in nursing documentation

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Although symptom word documentation does not reduce the number of infections, it may impact the central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rate by better differentiating CLABSI from other infection sources, as was observed in this institution” Carry-Littles et al (2016).

Abstract:

An interprofessional team developed a symptom word documentation tool based on surveillance definitions for specific types of infections published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nursing documentation was monitored pre- and postimplementation of the tool, revealing increased compliance with symptom documentation. Although symptom word documentation does not reduce the number of infections, it may impact the central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rate by better differentiating CLABSI from other infection sources, as was observed in this institution.

Reference:

Carry-Littles, K., Nguyen, K., Rowe, T., Johnston, P.A. and Brassil, K. (2016) Symptom word documentation: A novel approach to identifying and managing hospital-acquired infections. American Journal of Infection Control. April 21st. [Epub ahead of print].

doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.03.004.

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