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Q&A with MARSHA BARNDEN: Answers to your questions about infection control issues

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, May 1, 2009

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I am looking for policies and procedures on insertion of central lines at the bedside, especially dress attire for the physicians. Can you help me? This is an often-asked and very important question. A well-developed central line insertion protocol will serve as a structured framework to guide nursing and medical staff members. Such a protocol will greatly facilitate standardization and decrease the risk of varied practices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidelines for preventing central line?associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in 2002. Additionally, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Web site (www.ihi.org/campaign) provides several tools that could be very useful to an organization struggling to develop policies and procedures specific to IHI bundles.

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