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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000034

Decreasing Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Non-ICU Population

Medina, Alma MSN, RN; Serratt, Teresa PhD, RN; Pelter, Michele PhD, RN; Brancamp, Tami PhD, CCC-SLP

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Central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates above the national average precipitated a quality improvement project aimed at reducing this trend. We implemented daily chlorhexidine bathing and used 4 strategies to promote a change in practice and culture in our medical/surgical units. These strategies include the following: (1) staff education, (2) leadership support, (3) resource availability, and (4) increased awareness and accountability. Since implementing these strategies, there has been a significant reduction in CLABSI rates in the medical/surgical units.

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