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Working Together to Improve Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Reduction in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Thornton, Adriene Y., MA, BSN, RN, CIC®; Huneke Rosenberg, Robin, MA, RN-BC, CRNI®, VA-BC; Oehlke, Sandra M., APRN, CPNP-PC, CWOCN®, CCRP, CCM, DCNP

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000325
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Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) can result in increased length of hospital stay and increased costs for both patients and organizations. This article illustrates how a multidisciplinary collaboration and the use of scientific evaluation and implementation tools can facilitate a decrease in CLABSIs and have a positive effect on staff satisfaction when caring for central lines.

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota (Mss Thornton and Oehlke); and 3M Health Care Business Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Ms Rosenberg).

Adriene Y. Thornton, MA, BSN, RN, CIC®, is an infection preventionist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, where she provides guidance for CLABSI reduction efforts.

Robin Huneke Rosenberg, MA, RN-BC, CRNI®, VA-BC, is a senior clinical research associate at 3M Health Care Business Group, where she provides vascular access clinical support for product design.

Sandra M. Oehlke, APRN, CPNP-PC, CWOCN®, CCRP, CCM, DCNP, previously worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Corresponding Author: Adriene Y. Thornton, MA, BSN, RN, CIC®, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, 347 North Smith Avenue, Mailstop 70-504, St. Paul, MN 55102 (adriene.thornton@childrensmn.org).

Robin Huneke Rosenberg, MA, RN-BC, CRNI®, VA-BC, is employed as a senior clinical research associate for 3M Health Care Business Group, C3SD Division, Vascular Access Solutions.

Adriene Y. Thornton, MA, BSN, RN, CIC®, and Sandra M. Oehlke, APRN, CPNP-PC, CWOCN®, CCRP, CCM, DCNP have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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