Simple Outpatient Protocols Reduce CLABSI by 48%
Training young cancer patients and their families basic methods of preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections could have implications beyond pediatric oncology, since healthcare is increasingly delivered in outpatient settings.
Training pediatric patients and their parents in basic infection-prevention protocols such as hand hygiene, the use of gloves and masks, and proper tube and needle replacement dramatically lowered bloodstream infections for children with central lines receiving outpatient chemotherapy.
A study published this week in Pediatrics by researchers at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) found that the protocols reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSIs) by 48% and bacteria in the blood by 54%.
The study's author, Michael L. Rinke, MD, says the findings could have implications beyond pediatric oncology because more healthcare is delivered in outpatient settings.
"Our goal is that this starts in ambulatory pediatric oncology patients, but spreads to other kids using central lines, and then spreads to adults with central lines, and then spreads to anyone dealing with a medical device at home," says Rinke, assistant medical director of pediatric quality at CHAM.
- As Retail Clinics Surge, Quality Metrics MIA
- Providers' Push to Consolidate Roils Payers
- Former NQF Co-Chair Linked to Conflicts of Interest in Journal Probe
- RN Named Chief Patient Experience Officer
- No Employee Satisfaction, No Patient-Centered Culture
- Medicare Cost, Quality Data Tools Weak, Says GAO
- In PCMH, the 'P' is Not for 'Physician'
- How Simple Data Analytics is Driving Physician Incentives
- Population Health Pays Off for NY Collaborative
- AMA Pushes Lame Duck Congress for SGR Repeal