Central line care bundles


Intravenous news: The following question was recently put forward on MedScape.com “I have seen many references to “bundles” lately. What are bundles, and how can they be used to prevent infection in the ICU setting”?

Which is answered by Professor Ruth M. Kleinpell.

“Bundles” have emerged as frameworks for addressing clinical healthcare conditions with evidence-based practices. A bundle is a set of interventions (usually 3 to 5), when grouped and implemented together, promote best outcomes with a greater impact than if performed individually. Care bundles aim to ensure that patients receive recommended treatments on a consistent basis. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is one of the main drivers of the bundle concept. It is recommended that when planning bundle-based care, each aspect be well defined and based on evidence from at least 1 systematic review of multiple well-designed randomized controlled trials (RCT) or on data from at least 1 well-designed RCT.

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