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  1. Ferrari, Sarah DNP, CNS, CCIM, CPHON
  2. Taylor, Kristine DNP, PCNS-BC, CENP


Background: Unit-based initiatives were deployed independently creating silos in practice variability across the system with little impact on reduction of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI).


Problem: The goal was to decrease CLABSI systemwide by establishing standardized evidence-based practice (EBP) procedures to advance nursing practice.


Approach: A new innovative method, the Ferrari Method for Practice Standardization, enhanced the quality infrastructure by merging EBP and lean methodology to translate nursing innovations into practice. Leveraging a culture of shared decision making to support autonomy, as well as collaborating interprofessionally, allowed the organization to standardize and sustain CLABSI prevention.


Outcomes: The Ferrari Method for Practice Standardization successfully reduced CLABSI rates by 48% over a 1-year improvement cycle. Eight standardized EBP clinical procedures were developed and implemented across the organization.


Conclusion: The implementation of the Ferrari Method for Practice Standardization swiftly moves new knowledge into clinical practice to improve outcomes. Using standardized improvement methodology, it eases the interprofessional approval processes, maximizes autonomy, and focuses on quality care.