Website spotlight: NY hospital reaches 1,000 days with no central line-associated bloodstream infections

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 21, 2011

In September, the New York State Department of Health released a report that listed infection rates for each hospital in the state. The report noted that there has been an 18% reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in New York state ICUs dating back to 2007.

A major contributor to that decrease has been Glen Cove Hospital, which has maintained a rate of zero CLABSI infection rates for nearly three years.

Glen Cove began its initiative for zero CLABSIs in 2005, when the facility began concentrating on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's initiative to reduce HAIs, including CLASBI, pneumonia, surgical site infections, and MRSA, according to Jeanine Woltmann, RN, BS, CIC, manager of epidemiology at Glen Cove.

Glen Cove revamped its procedures by changing its daily forms to include the following measures:

  • Does the patient need a central line?
  • When was the dressing changed?
  • What does the site look like?
  • Can the patient be transferred to oral medication?
  • Can the line be taken out?

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