Feeding bundle reduces central line utilization in neonates

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“We investigated whether a standardized feeding bundle reduces central line utilization in VLBW neonates” Tauber et al (2015).

Reference:

Tauber, K.A., Graziano, P., Graffunder, E. and Horgan, M. (2015) Use of a Feeding Bundle Appears to Reduce Central Line Utilization in Neonates. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. January 21st. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

We investigated whether a standardized feeding bundle reduces central line utilization in VLBW neonates. A chart review of infants ≤1500 g requiring a central line was done for 2009- 2012. Infants were stratified into 3 weight groups: ≤750 g, 751-1000 g, and 1001-1500 g. The number of CLABSIs was recorded. Central line utilization decreased in all groups: 0.45 to 0.28 in ≤750 g infants, 0.4 to 0.27 in 751-1000 g infants, and 0.39 to 0.3 in 1001-1500 g infants (all p < 0.001). The CLABSIs rate was unchanged. Implementation of a feeding bundle decreased central line utilization. A feeding bundle had no effect on the rate of CLABSIs.

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