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Minimizing Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections: One Unit's Approach

Cooley, Kim MSN, RNC, CNS, NNP-BC; Grady, Sandra RN, CCRN

Section Editor(s): SHORT, MARY A. MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANC.0000361183.81612.ec
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Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) is the most common complication related to peripherally inserted central catheters in the neonatal intensive care unit. CRBSIs are responsible for many morbidities and mortalities occurring in special care nurseries. However, these vascular access devices are an essential aspect of neonatal care and therefore are indispensable. To minimize CRBSI incidences and improve patient outcomes, objectives must be established to focus on the prevention of these potentially life-threatening infections. This article identifies the interventions incorporated by our facility to prevent nosocomial bloodstream infections.

Gwinnett Medical Center, Women's Pavilion, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Address correspondence to Kim Cooley, MSN, RNC, CNS, NNP-BC, Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Women's Pavilion, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 550 Medical Center Blvd, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2009 National Association of Neonatal Nurses