CLABSI prevention using active patient based prospective surveillance

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“The aim of the study was to examine the incidence of central line related bloodstream infections and central line associated bloodstream infections in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, during a six month period, using an active patient based prospective surveillance method.” O’Hanlon et al (2014).

Reference:

O’Hanlon, M., Dornikova, G., Curran, R., Staunton, M., Woolhead, A., Kennedy, M., Tinsley, A., Shepherd, E. and Doherty, T. (2014) Incidence of central line related/associated bloodstream infections in an acute hospital. Irish Medical Journal. 107(8), p.253-4.

Abstract:

Bloodstream infection related to a central venous catheter in the intensive care unit is a substantial clinical and economic problem. The aim of the study was to examine the incidence of central line related bloodstream infections and central line associated bloodstream infections in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, during a six month period, using an active patient based prospective surveillance method. CLRBSI rate in ICU/HDU was 0.93/1000 central line days. There was no CLABSI identified in the studied time period. However, further interventions are needed, particularly with CVC care bundle. Also, the implementation of 2% chlorhexidin in 70% isopropylalcohol use for skin asepsis, which is recommended by the Irish national guidelines, would be beneficial.

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