Joint Commission Releases New CLABSI Resource
report (pdf) detailing the most up-to-date evidence and recommendations for preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections.
"Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections: A Global Challenge, a Global Perspective," written by The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International, presents several strategies for reducing CLABSIs.
Here are some of the techniques:
1. Educate and train healthcare personnel. A CLABSI education program should teach the appropriate indications for central venous catheters, administration of medications and fluids, monitoring of central venous pressure, providing parenteral nutrition and hemodialyis, best practices for insertion and appropriate care and maintenance measures.
2. Enforce hand hygiene. CDC recommends hand hygiene before and after palpitating the site of catheter insertion; before and after inserting the catheter; and before and after accessing, replacing, repairing or dressing the catheter.
3. Use aseptic technique. Aseptic technique requires the use of barriers, such as sterile gloves, sterile gowns, sterile drapes and masks, to prevent the transfer of microorganisms from healthcare personnel and the environment to the patient, according to the report. This technique also requires certain antiseptic skin preparation measures and environmental controls.
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