Murray State University

Poster Title

Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Promoting Best Practices Through Research: STUDY 2 (Kirschbaum & Short): A Policy Pertaining to Infection Control of Needless Intravenous Catheter Hubs: "Scrub the Hub"

Institution

Murray State University

Abstract

Needleless intravenous systems are an essential tool when providing care to patients. The use of these systems has been associated with an increase in catheter-related bloodstream infections related to peripheral and central intravenous lines. Research has been conducted that examines different processes, different chemicals, and different devices to achieve catheter hub disinfection. Utilizing the information provided in this research allows the implementation of evidence-based practice. Through evidence-based practice, best nursing practices can be established to ensure safe and quality patient care. Use of either 70% isopropyl alcohol or chlorhexidine for a minimum of 15 seconds can drastically reduce the number of catheter-related bloodstream infections.

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Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Promoting Best Practices Through Research: STUDY 2 (Kirschbaum & Short): A Policy Pertaining to Infection Control of Needless Intravenous Catheter Hubs: "Scrub the Hub"

Needleless intravenous systems are an essential tool when providing care to patients. The use of these systems has been associated with an increase in catheter-related bloodstream infections related to peripheral and central intravenous lines. Research has been conducted that examines different processes, different chemicals, and different devices to achieve catheter hub disinfection. Utilizing the information provided in this research allows the implementation of evidence-based practice. Through evidence-based practice, best nursing practices can be established to ensure safe and quality patient care. Use of either 70% isopropyl alcohol or chlorhexidine for a minimum of 15 seconds can drastically reduce the number of catheter-related bloodstream infections.