Intravenous literature: Stevens, T.P. and Schulman, J. (2012) Evidence-based approach to preventing central line-associated bloodstream infection in the NICU. Acta Paediatrica Supplementum.
Aim: To review care practices and methods of implementation that reduce the risk of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI).
Methods: Medical and quality improvement-oriented literature was reviewed.
Results: Although effective catheter practices, equipment and staff training methods are available to reduce CLABSI, their implementation is often difficult.
Conclusion: A successful CLABSI reduction programme requires not only identification of best practices but also understanding of the specific context or unit culture into which they will be introduced.