Evidence-based approach to preventing central line-associated bloodstream infection in the NICU

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Abstract

Aim:

To review care practices and methods of implementation that reduce the risk of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI).

Methods:

Medical and quality improvement-oriented literature was reviewed.

Results:

Although effective catheter practices, equipment and staff training methods are available to reduce CLABSI, their implementation is often difficult.

Conclusion:

A successful CLABSI reduction programme requires not only identification of best practices but also understanding of the specific context or unit culture into which they will be introduced.

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