Decreasing central line infections in the non-ICU population


#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: Medina, A., Serratt, T., Pelter, M. and Brancamp, T. (2013) Decreasing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Non-ICU Population. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. November 6th. .


Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates above the national average precipitated a quality improvement project aimed at reducing this trend. We implemented daily chlorhexidine bathing and used 4 strategies to promote a change in practice and culture in our medical/surgical units. These strategies include the following: (1) staff education, (2) leadership support, (3) resource availability, and (4) increased awareness and accountability. Since implementing these strategies, there has been a significant reduction in CLABSI rates in the medical/surgical units.

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