Practice experience: applying key interventions to a practice problem.
CLABSI, or Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection, is a serious healthcare-associated infection that has been linked to increased morbidity and mortality rates in hospitalized patients. To address this issue, evidence-based interventions must be implemented to reduce the incidence of CLABSI in healthcare settings. One key intervention supported by scholarly research is the implementation of bundled interventions, which have been shown to significantly reduce CLABSI rates. These bundles typically include multiple evidence-based practices, such as hand hygiene, sterile barrier precautions, and antimicrobial stewardship. Another key intervention is the use of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing, which has been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of CLABSI in high-risk patient populations. Finally, ongoing education and training for healthcare personnel on infection prevention and control practices is critical to reducing the incidence of CLABSI.
To develop a comprehensive plan to address CLABSI, healthcare facilities must implement bundled interventions that include multiple evidence-based practices to prevent and reduce the incidence of CLABSI. This may include promoting proper hand hygiene, the use of sterile barrier precautions during catheter insertion and maintenance, and the use of antimicrobial stewardship programs. Additionally, CHG bathing should be considered for high-risk patient populations, such as those in the intensive care unit or those with compromised immune systems. Ongoing education and training for healthcare personnel on infection prevention and control practices should also be implemented to reinforce the importance of CLABSI prevention.
In conclusion, the implementation of evidence-based interventions is critical to reducing the incidence of CLABSI in healthcare settings. Bundled interventions, CHG bathing, and ongoing education and training for healthcare personnel on infection prevention and control practices are key interventions supported by scholarly research that can help to reduce the incidence of CLABSI in measurable ways. By implementing these interventions, healthcare facilities can significantly improve patient safety and reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections.