Do No Harm: Going Beyond the Guidelines to Eliminate CLABSI and CAUTI

Kathleen Vollman

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Lecture overview

Do you feel like you have implemented all the evidence, but you're still not getting the expected results? You are not alone. CLABSI's and CAUTI's remain a significant contribution to patient harm and financial losses. The problem may call for a different approach. Quality implementation science tells us that substantial practice and process variation can lead to lower quality and higher cost. It makes sustainability almost impossible. The first step in this journey is a dissection of both physician and nursing practices and processes, then the application of laser target strategies. This session focuses on key practice areas where significant variation has been identified through a national frontline consultation experience. Innovative assessment techniques and evidence-based approaches are outlined to address both insertion and maintenance related central lines and indwelling urinary catheters.  The challenge of incorporating new evidence into practice lies in altering routinized behavior and current culture to support new care practices. Leave with a plan for your organizations breakthrough to achieve zero in CLABSI's and CAUTIs.  

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Analyze current practice and processes around CLABSI  & CAUTI prevention using various assessment strategies
  2. Compare and contrast evidence-based practice that can have significant variation, and outline strategies to sustain best practice
  3. Develop a plan for organizational success towards the goal of zero CLA-BSI’s & CAUTI’s

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour and 1 CPD Hour


Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Kathleen Vollman

Ms Vollman is a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant.  She has published & lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of pulmonary, critical care, prevention of health care acquired injuries, work culture and sepsis recognition & management.  From 1989 to 2003 she functioned in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical ICU’s at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan.  Currently her company, ADVANCING NURSING LLC, is focused on creating empowered work environments for nurses through the acquisition of greater skills and knowledge. Ms. Vollman is a subject matter expert for prevention of CAUTI, CLABSI and HAPI as well as sepsis recognition/management and the culture of safety for American Hospital Association and the Michigan Hospital Association.  In 2004, Kathleen was inducted into the College of Critical Care Medicine, in 2009 she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses. In 2012, Ms Vollman was appointed to serve as an honorary ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and is currently the financial director.


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