To reduce the incidence of CA-CLABSIs requires a concentrated effort between hospitals and home health agencies” Patton et al (2019).
BACKGROUND: Community acquired blood stream infections (CA-CLABSI) are a major source of morbidity and mortality for pediatric patients. Many organizations discharge pediatric patients to home health agencies to care for central lines. To reduce the incidence of CA-CLABSIs requires a concentrated effort between hospitals and home health agencies. It is important for home health agencies to be accountable for the care and maintenance they provide to patients with central lines. Local Problem: At a large children’s hospital, CA-CLABSI metrics and collaboration with home health agencies to reduce CACLABSI events lacked organizational standardization.
METHODS: An organizational committee was formed to establish standards of care for CA-CLABSI follow-up and reduction.
RESULTS: As a result of the committee’s work, several best practices resulted including the creation of a CA-CLABSI resource booklet; a screening tool to identify contributing risks associated with a CA-CLABSI, and increased awareness of CA-CLABSIs. Since implementation of these best practices, the organization has seen a 30% reduction in the number of CA-CLABSIs. Standardization of CA-CLABSI efforts and proactive surveillance of central line care may lead to decreases in the number of CA-CLABSI events. Collaboration between service lines may identify siloed best practices that can be implemented organizationally that may have a large impact.
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Patton, L.J., Cardwell, D.L. and Falder-Saeed, K. (2019) Standardize, engage, and collaborate: An initiative to reduce community acquired central line blood stream infections across the continuum of care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. August 30th. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2019.08.018. .