A specialized pediatric hospital serves many patients with short bowel syndrome. The patients’ fecal residue plus frequent access of intravenous lines increases bloodstream infection (BSI) risk. To reduce BSIs, the hospital first implemented an alcohol-dispensing disinfection cap and then added 3 more interventions, with both the cap-only phase and the multipronged phase successfully lowering the hospital’s BSI rate.
Pavia, M. and Mazza, M. (2016) Adding innovative practices and technology to central line bundle reduces bloodstream infection rate in challenging pediatric population. American Journal of Infection Control. 44(1), p.112-4.
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