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Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are a rising problem in the critical care setting in the United States. According to Flogren et al. (2007), "an estimated 248,000 bloodstream infections occur in hospitals across the United States each year, and a significant amount of these infections are associated with the use of a central venous catheter" (p.160). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a CLABSI as "recovery of a pathogen from blood culture (a single blood culture for organisms not commonly present on the skin and two or more blood cultures for organisms commonly present on the skin) in a patient who had a central line at the time of infection or within the 48 hours before the development of infection" ("Vital Signs: Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections—United States, 2001, 2008, and 2009," 2011, p. 447). After forty-eight hours, the development of a CLABSI most often points to infection attributed to central line placement or maintenance. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted CLABSIs as a significant concern and, in 2009, set a national goal for a 50% reduction in CLABSIs by 2013 (Wise et al., 2013). Since then, however, hospital systems across the United States have been challenged with meeting this goal. This project aims to improve the efficacy of the CLABSI bundle currently used in the critical care setting by implementing nursing interventions supported by evidence-based practice that will help prevent the incidence of CLABSI in the acute care patient population.
Bloodborne infections--Prevention;Intensive care units;Intravenous catheterization
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Foxworth, Kimberly J., "Decreasing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Critical Care Unit" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4399.
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