Christina Ryan, DNP, MSN, RN. Blood cultures are the primary diagnostic procedure to identify bacteremia. Reduction of blood culture contamination prevents patients from receiving unnecessary medications (and additional diagnostic testing), prevents increased healthcare costs and extended hospital stays. In this study, alcohol prep pads were removed from the ED and replaced with CHG/ALC product with similar packaging to evaluate blood culture contamination rate reduction.
UNC Rex Healthcare: Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) events lead to increased complications, costs, morbidity and mortality. The abstract, which was presented at the Association for Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference in 2018, provides a review of CLABSI events at a large community hospital and the implementation of Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) to help prevent certain health care associated infections, including CLABSIs.
The abstract, which was presented at the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) in 2017, examines the efficacy of 3.15% CHG / 70% IPA vs. 70% IPA alone for routine disinfection of needleless connectors on Central Venous Catheters. Results: Prevantics® Device Swab trial resulted in a statistically signiﬁcant decline in CLABSIs among high-risk oncology patients.
Hand hygiene for healthcare workers and staff plays an important role in the prevention of Clostridium diﬃcile infection. But what about at the patient level? The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center conducted a study, addressing that very question.
Michigan health system demonstrates that partnership between infection prevention and environmental services improves efficiency of system-wide cleaning and disinfection
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