Use of six sigma strategies to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections

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“This study describes the successful application of the DMAIC model in the creation and implementation of evidence-based quality improvement designed to reduce CLABSIs to below national benchmarks” Loftus et al (2015).

Reference:

Loftus, K., Tilley, T., Hoffman, J., Bradburn, E. and Harvey, E. (2015) Use of six sigma strategies to pull the line on central line-associated bloodstream infections in a neurotrauma intensive care unit. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 22(2), p.78-86.

Abstract:

The creation of a consistent culture of safety and quality in an intensive care unit is challenging. We applied the Six Sigma Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) model for quality improvement (QI) to develop a long-term solution to improve outcomes in a high-risk neurotrauma intensive care unit. We sought to reduce central line utilization as a cornerstone in preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). This study describes the successful application of the DMAIC model in the creation and implementation of evidence-based quality improvement designed to reduce CLABSIs to below national benchmarks.

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