Achieving Zero Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections: 15 Months Success in a Community Based Medical Center

Harnage, S. 2007 Achieving Zero Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections: 15 Months Success in a Community Based Medical Center, Vol 12:4 p218-225 JAVA

Abstract: Achieving Zero Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections: 15 Month Success In A Community Based Medical Center.
Background and Purpose: Catheter related blood stream infection (CRBSI) is a major cause of patient morbidity, mortality, and
cost. Lower CRBSI rates would decrease inpatient length of stay. Project: An innovative central line bundle was developed to reduce
CRBSI. An innovative combination of focused nursing practice and product technologies were selected for the bundle and implemented
through a defined educational program. Data was collected from thirty-two critical care beds: 16 medical/surgical ICU and
16 Trauma-Neuro ICU beds. Results: From January 2006 thru March 2007 there were Zero occurrences of CRBSI. Over this 15
month period our PICC insertions increased by 103%, and our interventional radiology referral rate decreased to less than 2%.
Implications/Conclusions: A multimodality bundle, combining nursing practice interventions and technology can successfully
decrease the incidence of CRBSI. While some of the bundle components have not been widely researched and instead are based on
theory or accepted clinical practice, the early outcome provides a basis for additional study and refinement. It also invites research
into the various components of the bundle to evaluate the effect each separate practice and product lends to its success.

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