Intravenous news: Sarah Cooper (IV Nurse Specialist) and her surveillance team completed a hospital-wide CLABSI surveillance project at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
The poster ‘Designing and implementing a hospital wide CLABSI surveillance program’ is presented at Infection Prevention 09. Surveillance data was collected for six months from February to July 2009. A total of 647 lines reviewed, with a total of 3928 actual catheter days. ITU patients represent only 15% of the total lines surveilled across the organisation. Frequency of type of line in use for the six month period:
- Acute = 139
- Pacing Wire Introducer = 20
- Tunnelled Silastic Cuffed Catheters = 14
- Acute Renal Dialysis Catheters = 22
- PICC = 105
- Midline = 347
Three episodes of CLABSI identified during this period. This represents a CLABSI rate of 0.78 per thousand catheter days.