Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Stresses Need for Data Driven Infection Prevention Program, Attention to Catheter Maintenance

September 8, 2011

An article about central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in the September issue of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory stresses the need for comprehensive infection prevention programs that are data driven with focused attention on catheter maintenance as well as insertion practices.

Authored by James Davis, clinic BSN, RN, CCRN, CIC, Senior Infection Prevention Analyst for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, the review looked at CLABSI data submitted by Pennsylvania acute care facilities during calendar year 2010.

According to the article, 71.7% of acute care facilities reported that CLABSIs occurred more than five days after insertion, thus signifying a possible failure in central line maintenance practices. The author states the “data suggests that healthcare facilities need to focus greater attention on catheter maintenance, in addition to complying with best practices during insertion.”

Click here to read the full article.

Reference: James Davis. Central-Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection: Comprehensive, Data-Driven Prevention. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, 8(3):100-5 (September 2011).

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