1. Royer, Timothy BSN, RN, CRNI(R)


The objective of every health care facility is achieving and maintaining a zero central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rate. Interventions to enhance care were put into place, and changes in CLABSI rates were tracked. Data were collected from January 2003 through June 2009. The interventions included the following: a dedicated vascular access team; swabbable clear positive displacement needleless connector; chlorhexidine-impregnated disk; flushing with 20 mL of normal saline; rigorous central line care education; increased use of peripherally inserted central catheters; and daily review of necessity. A significant drop to zero CLABSIs occurred after the introduction of several new central line care practices.