Title

Reduction of Central Line Infections by Using Chlorhexidine-impregnated Dressings

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Marcia Hobbs

Second Project Mentor & Advisor(s)

Dina Byers

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Purpose: The purpose of this evidence-based project was to discover an effective way to decrease central-line associated bloodstream infections in patients within a hospital setting.

Background: Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are primary bloodstream infections in patients that had a central line in place within 48 hours before the development of the infection. CLABSI are associated with significant morbidity and mortality and effective methods for their prevention are needed.

Method: A search was conducted using CINAHL, Google Scholar, and Ovid Nursing Database for current research experiments and meta-analysis regarding the reduction of central-line infections.

Results: The use of Chlorhexidine-impregnated Dressings significantly reduced CLABSI rates. With chlorhexidine-impregnated dressings, there is a significant benefit for prevention of catheter colonization, the adverse effects were also rare and minor.

Conclusions: Research has proven chlorhexidine-impregnated dressings to lead prevention measures in the reduction on central line infections. Central-line hospital policies could be enhanced by adding the 3M Tegaderm CHG dressing to clinical practice. Hospitals also benefit from these special dressings by saving money from the cost of buying the dressings and the care it would take to treat a patient with an infection caused by a central line.

Location

Small Ballroom, Curris Center

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

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Reduction of Central Line Infections by Using Chlorhexidine-impregnated Dressings

Small Ballroom, Curris Center

Purpose: The purpose of this evidence-based project was to discover an effective way to decrease central-line associated bloodstream infections in patients within a hospital setting.

Background: Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are primary bloodstream infections in patients that had a central line in place within 48 hours before the development of the infection. CLABSI are associated with significant morbidity and mortality and effective methods for their prevention are needed.

Method: A search was conducted using CINAHL, Google Scholar, and Ovid Nursing Database for current research experiments and meta-analysis regarding the reduction of central-line infections.

Results: The use of Chlorhexidine-impregnated Dressings significantly reduced CLABSI rates. With chlorhexidine-impregnated dressings, there is a significant benefit for prevention of catheter colonization, the adverse effects were also rare and minor.

Conclusions: Research has proven chlorhexidine-impregnated dressings to lead prevention measures in the reduction on central line infections. Central-line hospital policies could be enhanced by adding the 3M Tegaderm CHG dressing to clinical practice. Hospitals also benefit from these special dressings by saving money from the cost of buying the dressings and the care it would take to treat a patient with an infection caused by a central line.