Tackling CRBSI

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Intravenous news: InfectionControlToday report “Hospitals still struggle to prevent avoidable healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), according to a survey of infection preventionists released today by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Half of those surveyed agree that catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) continue to be a problem in their facilities and cite lack of time, resources, and the commitment of hospital leadership as hindering their ability to combat these infections more aggressively.

Released during APICs annual conference, the survey was designed to uncover barriers to hospital adoption of best practices to prevent CRBSIs, one of the most costly and deadly infections transmitted in healthcare facilities. Survey results were collected from 2,075 respondents: 1,563 are APIC members and the remainder, members of the Infusion Nurses Society and the Association for Vascular Access. For the purposes of this survey, CRBSIs include infections resulting from central lines, peripheral lines, dialysis lines and implanted ports.

About half of survey respondents agree that they spend so much time on surveillance or reporting that they do not have time to work on CRBSI prevention. Seven in 10 feel they do not have enough time to train others adequately on how to prevent bloodstream infections. When asked to identify the greatest challenges to implementing best practices to prevent CRBSIs, the top answers were enforcing policies related to infection prevention and educating staff, followed by conducting surveillance for CRBSIs using a paper-based system.”

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