Intravenous literature: Chou, T., Wickman, K., Kerridge, J., Rodriguez, C., Kulkarni, M. and Malow, J. (2011) Preventing Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections Outside of the Intensive Care Unit: The Importance of Educating Nurses. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 39(5), p.E54.
Although many studies have shown a decrease in central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in intensive care units (ICU) with implementation of the bundle1-3, few describe prevention of non-ICU CLABSIs.4,5 Since non-ICU CLABSI rates may be high, addressing them is a priority.6 At an urban community teaching hospital, physicians and ICU nurses were educated about the bundle in 2006 and receive annual review. However, non-ICU nurses were not educated until 2008. This study shows the impact of educating non-ICU nurses on CLABSI rates.