Comparison of documentation used to track potential catheter-associated bloodstream infections

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“…it was crucial to ensure our institution’s mechanism to capture possible catheter-associated infections is validated after the adoption of a new electronic medical record system” Quijano Rondan et al (2015).

Reference:

Quijano Rondan, B.R., Stachel, A. and Phillips, M. (2015) Comparison of two methods of documenting urinary and central venous catheters at an academic medical center. American Journal of Infection Control. February 13th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Accurate documentation of the use of invasive devices, such as urinary and central line catheters, is important to track potential catheter-associated infections. Real-time identification of device infections allows practitioners to initiate timely apparent-cause analyses, therefore allowing rapid improvement of practice. For this reason, it was crucial to ensure our institution’s mechanism to capture possible catheter-associated infections is validated after the adoption of a new electronic medical record system.

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