Prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

An article in the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) in March 2014 discussed the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) among pediatric oncology patients. Studies suggest that ambulatory (outpatient) patients experience 2-3 times as many CLABSIs as hospitalized patients. The investigators focused their efforts on the 3 groups who access the central lines of ambulatory pediatric oncology patients most commonly:  Clinic nurses, Home Care nurses and Patients’ families. The goal was to enlist Families and Homecare Agencies to Prevent CLABSI.
Over a 24-month program CLABSI rates decreased by 48%. The investigators calculated that they may have prevented 73 hospital admissions for bacteremia, prevented 33 CLABSIs, and saved almost $1.5 million.
What should you take away from this? Engaging clinic nurses, families, and home care agencies in central-line maintenance can have a significant impact on bacteremia and CLABSI in pediatric oncology patients. These encouraging results should prompt additional research into central-line maintenance for prevention of CLABSI and bacteremia in adult oncology patients as well as other pediatric and adult populations with central lines.
IMS carries all the necessary products to reduce the risk of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections. Examples are Central Line Dressing kits with Biopatch, SwabCaps and Chloraprep. Contact your IMS Sales Representative for more information or  click here to shop online.
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