Multidisciplinary Methods Used Prevent Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections

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Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections
Alex Evers
East Central University

This paper will examine research on multidisciplinary methods used to prevent central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs). CLABSIs are a large contributor to increased healthcare costs and increased mortality rates. Research shows how the interventions included in a central line care bundle decrease the risk of CLABSIs. Evidence shows how important it is to target the micro-organisms that pose the biggest threat and how take action against those organisms. Through research a model based off of the Six Sigma Strategies have been shown to be an effective tool in decreasing the occurrence of CLABSIs and decreasing cost for hospitals. There will be discussion of appropriate nursing care that can be implemented into practice to help ward off these life threatening microbes.

Multidisciplinary Actions Traynor (2011) research shows that, “The annual number of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) fell by nearly 60% over an eight-year period for patients in intensive care units (ICUs)” (p. 650). After measures were taken to decrease the number of CLABSIs, the idea that they were an inevitable part of healthcare changed to a more optimistic view. Traynor (2011) shows that the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) director, Thomas Frieden, said that decrease in nosocomial infections “represents about 27,000 lives saved and about $1.8 billion in…
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