Effectiveness of a care bundle to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections

Damoon Entesari-Tatafi, Neil Orford, Michael John Bailey, Martina Ni Chonghaile, Jill Lamb-Jenkins, Eugene Athan

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Objective: To determine the effectiveness of a care bundle, with a novel line maintenance procedure, in reducing the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) in the intensive care unit (ICU). Design, participants and setting: Before-and-after study using CLABSI data reported to the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS), in adult patients admitted to a tertiary adult ICU in regional Victoria between 1 July 2006 and 30 June 2014. VICNISSreported CLABSI cases were reviewed for verification. An intervention was implemented in 2009. Intervention: The care bundle introduced in 2009 included a previously established line insertion procedure and a novel line maintenance procedure comprising Biopatch, daily 2 chlorhexidine body wash, daily ICU central line review, and liaison nurse follow-up of central lines. Main outcome measures: CLABSI rate (cases per 1000 central line days). Results: The average CLABSI rate fell from 2.2/1000 central line days (peak of 5.2/1000 central line days in quarter 4, 2008) during the pre-intervention period to 0.5/1000 central line days (0/1000 central line days from July 2012 to July 2014) during the post-intervention period. Conclusion: Our study suggests that this care bundle, using a novel maintenance procedure, can effectively reduce the CLABSI rate and maintain it at zero out to 2 years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247 - 250
Number of pages4
JournalThe Medical Journal of Australia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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