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Preventing Infections from Central Venous lines

How are Results Calculated? 
At The Outer Banks Hospital, trained observers monitor staff during this procedure. The compliance result shows how often, what percentage of time, staff took all of the preventive steps.
Our Results 

During hospital stays, most patients have an IV (intravenous) line. These lines go into small veins and are usually placed in your arm or hand.

Some patients may need a different type of IV called a central line. Central lines go into larger veins and may be used when:

  • There is difficulty in placing an IV in your arm or hand
  • A large amount of fluid is needed
  • Certain medications irritate smaller veins
  • Nutrition through an IV is needed

It is important that we take steps to prevent blood stream infections caused by the central line. According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), hospitals should use a protocol, called The Central Line Bundle. Clinical evidence shows that hospitals can reduce blood stream infections associated with the use of the central line when following the preventive steps below.

Preventive Steps

  • The health care team must clean their hands before inserting your central line, touching the insertion point, changing the dressing, and giving medications or fluids
  • Physicians and/or nurses inserting the central line must wear sterile gowns, gloves, masks, and caps
  • The patient must be covered from head to toe with a sterile drape during the procedure
  • The central line must be inserted in a sterile manner
  • Physicians and/or nurses must prepare your skin for the procedure by cleansing with an antiseptic known as CHG
  • Physicians and/or nurses inserting a central line must avoid placing the central line near the groin unless absolutely necessary, such as in an emergency
  • The health care team must evaluate daily if you still need the central line
     

The Outer Banks Hospital is committed to preventing central line associated infections. The Central Line Bundle compliance results reflect how closely the above steps were followed.

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