Intravenous literature: Emerick, M., Standiford, H., McQuillan, K., Von Rueden, K. and Hebden, J. (2011) Reduction of CLABSI in the Trauma Population. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 39(5), p.E50.
Despite the use of evidence based best practices regarding central venous catheters (CVCs), we continued see high CLABSI rates in a few areas of our hospital, including our trauma units. In 2005, the CLABSI rate for our trauma patients was 14.3/1000 central line (CL) days, a rate nearly double the mean rate of 7.4/1000 CL days for trauma units reporting to the National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System. The issue: how do you reinforce the need to follow simple infection control (IC) practices in an area where heroic staff are saving the lives of trauma patients who would otherwise quickly succumb to their injuries?