According to an article published in Nursing2012
, “Preventing CLABSI: Central line-associated bloodstream infection
,” the mortality for these infections is 12% to 15% which makes it the most deadly healthcare associated infection and the most costly with average costs per case of $26,000 (Dumont & Nesselrodt, 2012). In 2011, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines
that give a comprehensive review of ways to prevent these infections (CDC, 2011).
The article by Dumont and Nesselrodt, does an excellent job outlining the causes of CLABSI and the prevention recommendations that can be easily put into practice. The recommendations are divided into three recommendation categories:
Appropriate selection of catheter and site
Sterile technique with insertion and ongoing care.
Putting evidence-based recommendations into practice can be difficult especially when researchers don’t include an evidence summary or recommendations for practice. This article does an excellent job summarizing the evidence and clarifying which recommendations will make the most impact on practice change and patient outcomes.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs: central line-associated blood stream infections-United States, 2001, 2008, 2009. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rept
. 2011, 60(8): 243-248. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr
Dumont, C. & Nesselrodt, D. 2012. Preventing CLABSI: Central line-associated bloodstream infections. Nursing2012
Anne Dabrow Woods, MSN, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC
Chief Nurse and Publisher
Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research