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Joint Commission Guidelines Note the Role of Nurses in Preventing CLABSI

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New guidelines released by The Joint Commission to help prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections highlights the role of nurses in helping prevent CLABSI, according to a news release by Columbia University School of Nursing in New York.

According to Patricia Stone, PhD, RN, Centennial Professor of Health Policy in Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing, who contributed to the Joint Commission Guidelines, nurses can help organize and implement prevention techniques including catheter insertion checklists, regular replacement of dressings and proper hand washing techniques.

"The Joint Commission's guidelines underscore the value of investing in nurses and making sure caregivers at the bedside have all the resources they need to keep patients safe," said Dr. Stone.

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