CLABSI Cases Reduced by Half with Disinfection Caps

January 6, 2013

A new study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) showed central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) dropped by 52 percent when an alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap was used in place of standard scrubbing alcohol.

A team of researchers from NorthShore University HealthSystem conducted a study of adult patients in order to determine the efficacy of 70 percent alcohol-impregnated disinfection caps over the standard cleaning protocol, viagra which involves scrubbing the catheter hub with an alcohol disinfectant wipe prior to accessing the lines. In a three-phased study, and contamination rates among 799 patients sampled from three hospitals declined from a baseline of 12.7 percent using the standard cleaning protocol, to 5.5 percent when the disinfection cap was used, and increased back to 12 percent when the intervention was removed and standard protocol was reinstated. Infection rates at four hospitals declined from a baseline of 1.43 per 1,000 line days to 0.69 during the intervention, and returned to 1.31 per 1,000 line days when the intervention was suspended.

The researchers estimate that a system-wide implementation of the disinfecting caps method will prevent 21 CLABSIs and four deaths per year.

Source:  APIC, Disinfection caps cut CLABSI cases in half.  January 3, 2013.

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