Journal article

A quality improvement initiative to reduce central line infection in neonates using checklists.

Jacqueline E Taylor, Susan J McDonald, Arul Earnest, Jim Buttery, Bree Fusinato, Samantha Hovenden, Andrea Wallace, Kenneth Tan

Eur J Pediatr | Published : 2017

Abstract

Central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) are the most common complication of central catheters in neonates. These infections increase length of hospital stay, hospital costs and impact on mortality and morbidities. We performed a quasi-experimental study, over 24 months, utilising a pre-post design to determine the impact checklists had on central line infections. We introduced checklists for insertion, daily maintenance and procedural access based on the existing clinical guideline. Infections and compliance were monitored and reported back to the unit each month. We utilised the interrupted time series analysis to evaluate the impact of introduction of the checklists. Over ..

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