The Treatment Of Alcohol Disinfectant Caps Essay

3633 Words Sep 28th, 2016 15 Pages
Each year central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) affect thousands of individuals throughout the United States (US). These infections are preventable and usually hospital acquired infections that carry serious consequences such as increases in morbidity, length of hospital stay, healthcare costs, and mortality rates. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, 2014), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2016a) and multiple other organizations have developed central line (CL) insertion and maintenance bundles, which have reduced the number of CLABSI infections. Moureau and Flynn (2015) report nearly 50% of post insertion infections are a result of needless connector hub colonization and Cameron-Watson (2016) explains there is an 80% failure rate on the proper ‘active’ disinfection of NCs. Research has shown alcohol disinfectant caps (ADCs) to be effective in preventing CLABSIs by eliminating noncompliance of active disinfections through passive disinfection and protection of the NC hubs (Moureau & Flynn, 2015; Marschall et al., 2014). The purpose of this proposal is to implement a 6-month trial of adding ADCs to the standard CL maintenance bundle to evaluate the efficacy of ADCs on the reduction and prevention of CLABSIs. The diffusion of innovation theory will be used to seek approval for the ADC from the organization’s senior leaders. Once received, education and evaluation tools will be developed. Online learning modules and product…

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